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In the coming years, many social and behavioral scientists will be studying the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on various groups of people throughout the world. The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and many other sources are providing funding for research on COVID-19. As described in an Inside Higher Ed article, the National Institutes of Health, for example, "is funding emergency research on topics including the effects and mechanisms of social connectedness, connection, and isolation across the life span." Social science research groups are receiving grants to research topics related to COVID-19 that include food insecurity, readying populations for a vaccine, public health risk-communication strategies, mental health, shifting public opinions and behaviors, civil liberties and social control, and economic recovery.

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