PublISHED ON 30 March 2020

UpDATED ON 17 September 2020


Here we have collected news about changes at the Swedish Research Council as a result of COVID-19. We will update this page continuously.

4 November 2020
ALF funds for 2020 can be used next year too
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the ability of the ALF regions to conduct clinical research. The Government is now making an addition to the ALF agreement, so that the regions can use their 2020 funds also during 2021.
28 October 2020
260 ethically approved COVID-19 studies in Sweden so far
Since the pandemic begun this spring, 260 clinical studies relating to COVID-19 have been approved by the Swedish Ethical Review Authority. Getting results from most of these studies will take time, and for several studies it might be a challenge to find enough research subjects at the planned rate.
27 October 2020
Five Nordic research projects awarded grants for research into COVID-19
It has now been decided who will get grants under Nordforsk’s initiative on research into COVID-19. The call, which was open between May and June, was aimed at researchers from the Nordic countries, Estonia and Latvia. The purpose was to develop new knowledge to fight the Coronavirus pandemic by using the unique health data from the Nordic countries.
23 September 2020
10 million SEK to national study of COVID-19
The Swedish Research Council is providing 10 million SEK to fund the ImmCoVA clinical study. The study is expected to run for three years, and focuses on immune blockers to counteract excess reaction of the immune system to the infection caused by COVID-19.
22 September 2020
A further 8 million SEK to support clinical studies relating to COVID-19
The six regional nodes within Clinical Studies Sweden will receive an additional 8 million SEK in total, or 1.3 million SEK each, to further expand their abilities to support clinical studies linked to COVID-19.
1 September 2020
10 million SEK to Biobank Sweden for coordinating COVID-19 samples
Biobank Sweden will receive 10 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council to coordinate the collection of and access to samples linked to COVID-19. This will not only make the process easier for researchers, but also for patients and society as a whole, says Björn Halleröd of the Swedish Research Council.
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