The funds come from several different government investments in research into the coronavirus. The Swedish Research Council has also set aside additional funds for areas such as strengthening basic virus research.
Funding of research
The purpose of the project grant is to fund research into remaining or late-onset symptoms following COVID-19 infection (post-COVID syndrome). The call was open from 2 June to 17 August 2021. The total budget is 50 million SEK.
The grant decision was published in November 2021. 56 applications were received, of which 14 were successful.
The purpose of the grant is to give researchers the opportunity to collaborate nationally to conduct follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccine that are justified by the needs of health and medical care and that contribute to a permanent infrastructure for future follow-up studies. The budget is 100 million SEK and the call was open 23 March-13 April.
In spring 2021, we will follow up this initiative with a call for project grants. For this call too, the focus is on long-term research into basic virology and fundamental disease mechanisms caused by viruses. The call closed on March 17 and grant decisions will be made in November 2021.
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)
- Communication initiatives relating to vaccination against COVID-19 External link, opens in new window.
- Mandate to prepare funding of follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccines External link.
- Mandate to prepare funding of research studies into long COVID External link.
- Mandate to prepare the funding of research initiatives linked to the coronavirus pandemic (together with Vinnova) External link.
- Mandate to temporarily reinforce the activities within Clinical Studies Sweden External link.
- 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) External link.