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UKRI ESRC is one of the leading funders of Public Health and Social Research in the UK. It supports this study as part of their aim to further understand the impact of COVID-19 on the UK population.
The HAGIS: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) rapid response to COVID-19.
The HAGIS: Pilot study was jointly funded by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) of the United States, the Nuffield Foundation, the Centre for Population Change (CPC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust which was founded in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors. Since it was established, the Trust has been funding research projects and innovations in the areas of social policy and education. The Trust recognizes the important role of education, training and research, in advancing social wellbeing- the primary ambition of Lord Nuffield. Following an application to the Trust for additional funding, HAGIS was granted sufficient funds to extend the pilot, bringing the grand total of interviews to 1000 individuals. This additional funding will allow HAGIS to help in achieving the Nuffield ambition, through its multidisciplinary approach in an exploration of the interaction between financial literacy, cognition and the ageing process.
NIA is one of 27 National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States (US) which carries out pioneering research into the determinants of healthy ageing. The NIA is committed to understanding the nature of ageing in order to support the health and well-being of the elderly population, allowing them to live as long and as healthy lives as possible. As such, the goals of HAGIS are well aligned with those of NIA. HAGIS can be a powerful tool with which to compare the life circumstances of older people in Scotland and the USA. The NIA awarded HAGIS funding to interview 400 individuals for the pilot survey.
The ESRC, established in 1965, is the UK’s largest funder of research into economic and social issues. The ESRC encourages high quality, independent research which will have an impact on business, the public sector and third sector.
The CPC, funded by the ESRC, was established in January 2009. The aim of the centre is to improve our understanding of the driving forces and implications of population change.
SIRE is the outcome of a substantial investment in Economics Research in Scotland by the Scottish Funding Council and ten participating universities. SIRE aims to nurture high-quality economic research; to attract high-quality graduates to Scotland; to sustain and develop an international reputation of excellence in research economics; and to contribute the knowledge transfer between fundamental researchers and policy researchers, in turn enhancing the quality of research in Scotland.
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