Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre: the impact of COVID-19 on modern slavery: Sep 2020

Through this new COVID-19 rapid response funding call, we invite proposals for research that can generate evidence to improve understanding of the effects of the pandemic on behaviours, systems and structures associated with modern slavery. This includes both the effects of the pandemic and the responses to it by governments, businesses and organisations, which can affect people’s vulnerability to exploitation, and the systems underpinning exploitative practices. The projects must be hosted by an eligible institution in the UK, but may look globally in their scope and impact.

Research proposals submitted can aim to address both the effects of and responses to the pandemic, and should have an appropriate balance between identifying problems and proposing actions to address or mitigate those problems.

The funding call will operate on a rolling basis in order to respond effectively to the evolving nature of the pandemic.

Closing Date

Closing Date: 25 September 2020

Please note that the assessment process for applications submitted to this call takes approximately 12 weeks and the earliest start date for a project should be no earlier than 3 months after submission to the AHRC.

On occasions, there might be a delay in obtaining the peer reviews for an application and this may result in the assessment process taking longer. In such circumstances, the AHRC will contact the applicant to inform them of any delay.

How to make an application

Applications to this call should be submitted through the cross-council Joint Electronic Submission – (Je-S) System. If you need any assistance to use the system, please contact the Je-S helpdesk on 01793 444164 or on​

Please note that this call is available on Je-S from 15 June onwards.

Further Information

MS-PEC COVID-19 Rapid Response Call Specification (PDF, 95KB)


All queries regarding eligibility for funding and applications in progress and also queries regarding current awards, should be directed to the AHRC team dealing with your subject area using the contacts page.​

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