Professor Carolyn Wallace, Director of Wales School for Social Prescribing Research, which will benefit from the funding
The funding, through Health and Care Research Wales, will support large-scale, international quality research at Prime Centre Wales, an all-Wales Centre co-led by Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea universities and the University of South Wales.
Prime Centre Wales has adapted the focus of its research to help tackle the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19, including launching projects to:
Other Covid-related projects include advising Welsh Government on the communications strategy for the Covid-19 symptom tracker app and supporting dental services
Prime Centre Wales will also be home to the newly-funded Wales School for Social Prescribing Research (WSSPR), led by Professor Carolyn Wallace at the University of South Wales.
Social prescribing is means of enabling health and social care professionals such as GPs, nurses, social care and housing workers a to refer people for physical, psycho social reasons to local non medical community groups and services such as singing, gardening, woodland activities, chit and chat and walking groups.
"We are very proud to have secured this funding which will enable to work with our many partners across Wales and internationally to build the critical evidence base for social prescribing," said Professor Wallace.
Further information about Prime Centre Wales can be found at www.primecentre.wales