The funds are from the Government’s 100 million SEK investment into coronavirus research. The Swedish Research Council has set aside a further 100 million SEK to strengthen basic virus research, and around 70 million SEK for international research collaboration and national coordination.
Funding of research
The call was open for two weeks, from 19 May to 2 June, and was aimed at project leaders with grants awarded by the Swedish Research Council or Forte whose projects had not yet been completed. In July, we made a decision to approve 23 out of 255 applications. The researchers will share a total of 33 million SEK during 2020.
During the period 10 June–25 August, we issued calls for funding of research into virus and disease conditions caused by viruses. The calls were aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers, and are part of our investment in basic virology research. Decisions will be made in December. Next year, we will be issuing a call for project grants with the same focus.
The cross-disciplinary call makes it possible for researchers from Sweden and China to collaborate in studying the ongoing pandemic, and to prepare for future pandemics. The call was open 17 June–11 August. The decision taken in November means that four cross-disciplinary projects on corona and virus research will receive support. During the grant period 2021-2023, the Swedish Research Council will distribute 36 million SEK to researchers from Sweden who were awarded grants.
Researchers from the Nordic countries, Estonia and Latvia shall collaborate to develop new knowledge that can contribute to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through using existing health data. The call closed on 16 June and decision taken in October means that five projects will be awarded funding.
The Swedish Research Council is funding the call with 18 million SEK. The total budget is around 57 million NOK over the years 2020–2022.
The call makes it possible for researchers in Sweden to collaborate with researchers in South Korea on questions relating to COVID-19. The application period was 10 June–15 September. The decision taken in November means that four collaboration projects will receive support. The Swedish Research Council is funding the call with 6 million SEK.
In March, researchers with grants from the Swedish Research Council were given the option to temporarily use part of their funding for research into COVID-19. This applied irrespective of the project idea the grant was originally awarded for. The research had to be completed no later than 31 July 2020. A total of 37 researchers used this option.
Our Government mandates relating to the coronavirus pandemic (in Swedish)
- Mandate to prepare the funding of research initiatives linked to the coronavirus pandemic (together with Vinnova)
- Mandate to temporarily reinforce the activities within Clinical Studies Sweden
- Mandate relating to Swedish coordination and Swedish participation in the European Commission’s COVID-19 platform within the framework for the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
PublISHED ON 17 September 2020
UpDATED ON 25 November 2020