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09 Apr 2020

EU and Africa step up research cooperation to combat coronavirus outbreak

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is launching calls for expressions of interest to support research on the coronavirus and strengthen research capacities in sub-Saharan Africa. Three calls in total will be funded with up to €28 million from Horizon 2020.

The first call, with a budget of €2.25 million from Horizon 2020, with additional €1.5 million from Sweden and €1.0 from France has been launched on 3 April. It will fund research into coronavirus pandemic preparedness in sub-Saharan Africa, to develop point-of-care diagnostics and validate existing tests. They will also support clinical management by running controlled trials for diagnostics and therapeutics of promising agents.

On 10 April, the partnership will launch two more calls to strengthen research capacities in sub-Saharan Africa. They will focus on infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa, including on the coronavirus.

EDCTP brings together the European Union, 16 African and 14 European countries to fund research to combat infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

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