Great interest in the call about coronavirus and COVID-19

257 applications have been received for the call for project grants for research into coronavirus and COVID-19. In July, the decision will be made on who will be awarded funds.

The call was open for two weeks, and closed on 2 June. It was aimed at researchers within medicine and health, clinical therapy research, humanities and social sciences, and natural and engineering sciences. All subject areas were represented in the applications, and the proposed research relates to everything from basic research to clinical studies.

Intensive review work is now starting, where around 30 international researchers will be assessing the 257 applications. Our aim is to publish the names of those awarded grant at the beginning of July 2020.

“The large number of applications shows that there are many researchers at higher education institutions who have ideas about how to fight the coronavirus pandemic. I have great hopes that research will soon be able to fill important knowledge gaps about the coronavirus and COVID-19. We have never before issued a call with such a tight time frame, but then the world is in an extraordinary situation right now,” says Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council.

About the call

The research supported shall generate reliable and implementable results already during the grant period, that is to say no later than 31 December 2021.

The focus is on research that can reduce the spread and the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and also research aimed at preventing future pandemics. Examples of what the research can relate to are medical devices, treatment methods, medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, transmission and pathogenesis for COVID-19 . It can also focus on data-driven research and questions relating to epidemiology and public health linked to COVID-19.

The planned budgetary framework is around 30 million SEK. The funding comes from the investment in research into the coronavirus that the Government proposed in the Spring Amendment Budget for 2020.

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