This invitation to tender is open for application until 13 July 2020.

  • We are inviting proposals to support the Health Foundation in setting up an inclusion panel.
  • The inclusion panel will initially act as a reference group for teams across the Foundation as they develop their research and analytical questions around health inequalities in response to COVID-19.
  • The budget for this work is a maximum of £30,000 (including VAT and expenses).
  • The deadline for proposal submissions is 18.00, Monday 13 July 2020.

In line with our mission to improve health and health care for all in the UK and address health inequalities, the Health Foundation has committed to developing an organisational approach to mainstreaming and embedding diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

COVID-19 has revealed the significant and devastating impact of inequality across the UK. As a Foundation, we are committed to not perpetuating health inequalities by ignoring the experience, expertise and priorities of people and communities who experience poorer health outcomes.

We now have a real opportunity to ensure the work we do is more inclusive and want to create an inclusion panel to advise us on the research we plan, fund and commission.

We plan to set up a proof-of-concept prototype (proto-panel) with a clear and specific remit to initially advise us on the inclusivity of our COVID-19 Research Programme and research questions and help us understand the underlying mechanisms for the outcomes we’re seeing in the data.

This project specification is for consultancy services to support the rapid development of the proto-panel. The consultant will administer the proto-panel, iterate panel membership, capture learning about the operation of the panel, and make recommendations on the viability of the panel and its long-term role.

To fully benefit from panel members’ expertise and insight while the Foundation develops its rapidly emerging research response to COVID-19, we must set up the proto-panel at speed and expect this work to start in July 2020.

How to apply

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the Project specification document in full before completing the Response form and Budget template.

2. Response form

All applications must be completed via our Response form and Budget template. The completed application and any accompanying documents must be submitted by email to Hardeep Aiden, Research Manager at

3. Deadlines

The deadline for proposals is 18.00 on Monday 13 July 2020. We will not accept late submissions.

A response to your application will be made by 18:00, Tuesday 14 July 2020. Interviews will be held via Zoom on Thursday 16 July 2020.

If you have any queries about the application process, email or

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