COVID-19: What Comes Next Forum

The Health and Well-being Initiative's Social Determinants of Well-being Taskforce is sponsoring a community-wide COVID-19: What Comes Next Forum to be held in December 2020.

Notre Dame faculty are invited to submit proposals for events or projects, at Notre Dame or in the community, that will bring people together to make sense of the global pandemic and how it has affected and will continue to affect, the local community.


There is no restriction on discipline or integration of disciplines and potential topics include artistic and literary projects are welcome about the virus, philosophical or sociological studies of social distancing, historical or economic studies of the impact of pandemic on civic communities, studies that examine the longer-term implications to local businesses and entrepreneurship or that raise questions related to relaxed standards of medical data privacy, or any other conceivable way of addressing COVID-19.

Faculty in all Colleges and Schools are encouraged to apply their (inter)disciplinary training and creativity to reflect upon both "what just happened," and how we can equip ourselves to face the next global pandemic. The taskforce strongly encourages interdisciplinary and unexpected collaborations across disciplines, guided by questions such as:

  • How has COVID-19 created a “new normal”?
  • What effects does social distancing have on the experience of being human?
  • How can past pandemics and crises inform the present and future ones?
  • What approaches are most useful to understand and address global crises?
  • How do we foster resilience – social, political, cultural, and economic – in the face of likely future pandemics?

The taskforce is also hoping to attract open-ended proposals that generate new and fruitful questions.

Budget Requests

The HWI will cover modest expenses up to $500 for projects that will be discussed at the COVID-19: What Comes Next Forum. 

After the forum, larger grants may be available to continue projects or to fund new, larger-scale collaborative projects among forum participants. HWI will also assist participants to prepare proposals for external grant agencies. We particularly welcome projects that engage with the state and local community.


Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Proposal Submissions

Applications should include a proposal that is up to two pages in length and a CV. Budgets of up to $500 of research expenses are allowed. Proposals must be submitted via this Google Form.

  • September 14, 2020: Decisions sent out inviting participants and first preparatory research grants will be awarded.
  • January 2021: Committee decision on which projects to be funded more substantially, conditional on funding availability.

Need More Information?

For more information, please contact Jessica Brookshire, senior program director of the Office of Clinical Partnerships.