New calls in virus research
We still lack much knowledge about the coronavirus. During May and June several calls focusing on virus research are therefore opening.
19 May: Project grant for research into coronavirus and COVID-19
The call is aimed at researchers who are project leaders for grants from the Swedish Research Council or Forte that have not yet ended. The focus is on research that can reduce the spread and the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and also research aimed at preventing future pandemics. The research can relate to medical devices, treatment methods, medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, transmission and pathogenesis for COVID-19, for example. It can also focus on data-driven research and questions relating to epidemiology and public health linked to COVID-19. The call is aimed at researchers within several different subject areas.
“We still lack much knowledge about the coronavirus and COVID-19. Therefore it is important for research to focus on finding answers to urgent questions as quickly as possible. The research supported under this call shall generate reliable and implementable results already during the grant period, that is to say no later than 31 December 2021. This is not something we normally require, but is unfortunately necessary in the situation we are in,” says Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council.
Funding for the call comes from the investment in research into the coronavirus that the Government proposed in the Spring Amendment Budget for 2020. The planned budgetary framework is around 30 million SEK.
The call opens on 19 May, and the deadline for applications is 2 June.
10 June: Career support funding for research into virus and virus-caused disease conditions
The calls for international postdoc grant, starting grant and consolidation grant are aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers. The three calls have a joint focus on research into virus and disease conditions caused by viruses.
The calls are based on the Swedish Research Council’s decision to boost basic virus research with 100 million SEK over the years 2020–2024.
“To increase knowledge about viruses in order to better equip us against future pandemics, we are making this long-term investment aimed at building up a greater knowledge base and safeguarding the competence provision of tomorrow’s research leaders,” says Jan-Ingvar Jönsson, Secretary General of the Scientific Council for Medicine and Health at the Swedish Research Council.
The calls open on 10 June. The deadline for applications is 25 August.
10 June: Project grant for research collaboration between South Korea and Sweden
This call makes it possible for researchers in Sweden to collaborate with researchers in South Korea on questions relating to COVID-19.
The call opens on 10 June, and applications shall be submitted both to NRF in South Korea and to the Swedish Research Council via Prisma. The deadline for the consortium application to NRF is 18 August, and for the Swedish project leader’s application in Prisma it is 25 August.
Nordforsk: Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19
Nordforsk will shortly issue a call for “Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19”. 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 Swedish Research Council is funding the call with 18 million SEK.
The call opens on 14 May, and the deadline for applications is 16 June.
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