EC launches € 10 million H2020 call for research into corona virus
The European Commission (EC) has launched an emergency request for expressions of interest for research projects to advance understanding of the novel coronavirus epidemic, contribute to more efficient clinical management of patients infected with the virus, as well as public health preparedness and response. This action was launched after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the new coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The disease continues to spread in China and beyond, with the first cases reported in Europe.
The funding is expected to support two to four research projects. The Commission states that it is using all means at its disposal in order to enable research work to start as soon as possible. The application deadline is 12 February 2020, and grant agreements should also be signed very quickly. Grants will be subject to rapid data-sharing clauses to ensure that authorities can apply research findings immediately in their response. This rapid action is made possible by a provision of Horizon 2020 for the "Mobilisation of research funds in case of public health emergencies".
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