COVID-19 - Research projects and networks

In response to the actual COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission (EC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), as well as other national and international organisations, have launched special calls to find ways of overcoming the public health threat of COVID-19 pandemic.


Horizon 2020 - EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
The European Commission has scaled up the emergency call launched in January to fight the COVID-19 outbreak to €47.5 million. This allowed to select 17 projects (list of selected projects at the bottom in this page) involving 136 research teams from across the EU and beyond (7 partners from Switzerland), which have started working on developing vaccines, new treatments, diagnostic tests and medical systems aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Open Calls:
Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment
Type of action: IA Innovation action
Opening: 19 May 2020_Deadline: 11 June 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

Four focus areas:
Budget: 120 M€
1.    Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment.
2.    Medical technologies, Digital tools and Artificial Intelligence analytics to improve surveillance and care at high TRLs
3.    Social and economic impacts of the outbreak response
4.    Pan-European COVID-19 cohorts united against the pandemic

Closed Calls:
Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the 2019-nCoV epidemic
Type of action: RIA Research and Innovation action Deadline Model: single-stage
Opening:30 January 2020_Deadline: 12 February 2020
Evaluation results: Flash call info

Development of therapeutics and diagnostics combatting coronavirus infections
Type of action: IMI2-RIA Research and Innovation action Deadline Model: single-stage
Opening: 03 March 2020_Deadline: 31 March 2020
Evaluation results are expected to be communicated in May 2020.


COVID-19 Outbreak: Latest News (Euresearch)
The latest news concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and the most important links for your information.

European Research Council (ERC):
European Research Council (ERC) - Frontier research at the service of the coronavirus epidemic response. How can frontier science help fight the current COVID-19 outbreak?

List of ERC-funded research projects related to coronavirus, epidemiology and virology as well as other relevant disciplines.

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Two new calls under Horizon 2020 help tackling the pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The EU and the African Union work also on a closer partnership in general.

SNSF – Swiss National Science Foundation

The SNSF is also supporting projects involving research into coronaviruses - to tackle the current crisis and prepare for likely future epidemics. The SNSF is convinced that Swiss research can make a difference and has therefore launched a special call (closed on 25 March 2020). A budget of five million Swiss francs has provisionally been marked for the call.
The SNSF has revised upwards the budget allocated to this special call, and increased it from five to ten million francs to investigate the societal and biomedical aspects of epidemics. The SNSF funds now 36 new research projects on coronavirus. The projects will start as of 1 June 2020.

Open Calls:
Mandated by the Federal Council, the SNSF is launching a call for the National Research Programme "Covid-19" (NRP 78). The aim is to provide health care recommendations and innovative solutions to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Closed Calls:
The special call on Coronaviruses closed on 25 March 2020. It addressed researchers in all disciplines who are able to contribute to a better understanding of the virus, its spread, the resulting illness as well as diagnosis and treatment, or who can help the health system and society as a whole deal more effectively with the epidemic. The call considers the agenda set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is in line with the priorities defined by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
The SNSF will endeavour to communicate its funding decisions by mid-May 2020 so that researchers can start work as soon as possible.

SNSF finances WHO study in Switzerland on Covid-19 treatment
The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a trial to test the efficacy and side-effects of potential antiviral drugs in treating Covid-19 (solidarity trial).
In all, 15 Swiss hospitals - led by Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) - will participate.

Snapshot of Swiss research on Covid-19
A new SNSF database lists Swiss research projects that are investigating solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other research programmes

Research Professional
Research Professional provides authoritative news, analysis and comment that helps institutions make better decisions on research policy, research funding and research politics.
The Ex Libris Research Professional and Pivot® funding services are providing free access to a list of select funding opportunities related to combatting the coronavirus and COVID-19.
Coronavirus and COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities from Research Professional and Pivot

NIH - National Institutes of Health
NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19 are available via this link.

EUREKA – Innovation Across Borders
COVID-19 call for projects open and national initiatives. Read more.
The call “Multilateral call for solutions for COVID-19 Echo Period – Life without a vaccine” is now closed.
The call “Solutions for the next human high-impact pandemic” opened the 15th May and the Deadline for Eureka applications is the 15 July 2020.

Other related information

The Swiss Federal Council
In the current crisis, the federal government wants to exploit the potential available in the Swiss scientific community to an even greater extent by working with scientists to find the best approach to overcoming the pandemic. To this end, it has set up a science task force of researchers from higher education institutions throughout the country.
Coronavirus: Confederation appoints scientific advisory board

Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force
The Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force is a national scientific advisory board set up specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Data Sharing Platform
The European Commission launched its Data Sharing Platform on Coronavirus research on 20 April 2020, for quick and efficient data sharing and exchange among relevant research stakeholders.
EC Communication

COVID-19 (International) Observatory for Research
This document provides you good information and an overview of the most relevant actions taken related to Covid-19.

  1. Relevant News and Initiatives
  2. Funding
  3. Access to publications and data
  4. Access to Research Infrastructures
  5. Surveys
  6. Research projects
  7. Crowdsourcing und open source initiatives
  8. Databases of Covid research
  9. Switzerland

Pan-European Hackathon
The EUvsVirus Hackathon has finished and the Jury has identified the best solutions to support European and global in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. See results and what happens next.
A team of students from the UNIGE "Centre Universitaire en Informatique » have submitted a solution on Prevention of Domestic Violence: and was selected by the jury. Congratulations.

The EIC COVID Platform – to be launched at the end of May - will be a European-level community platform to connect winning teams and companies with innovative solutions with those in need of such solutions, such as public authorities, hospitals, public bodies, foundations, as well as investors. To facilitate this, there will be a marketplace mechanism to match between the potential solutions, the needs, and where relevant, investors and funders.

The Crowdhelix Network
Crowdhelix is seeking researchers & innovators worldwide with a strong track record of excellence in fields relevant to the global effort to tackle the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Call for Expert Collaborators: COVID-19 Response

The unique forum convening public and private sector leaders for networking, intelligence and debates on research and innovation has launched a special page dedicated to COVID-19 research, news and funding sources.
Science|Business Database: Coronavirus Funding Opportunities
LIVE BLOG: R&D response to COVID-19 pandemic
EU considers new Horizon Europe partnership on pandemics

New European platform
Care & Industry together against CORONA offers the opportunity to make targeted and time-efficient contacts with all actors in healthcare, industry, academia and government.

Mobile Health Solutions Relevant for COVID-19
Many governments, companies and citizen movements have developed mHealth initiatives to keep the population informed and help manage the COVID-19 crisis. A compilation of some of the initiatives at European level has been created by the EU-funded "European mHealth Hub" project. Read more.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Power to Combat COVID-19
The fight against COVID-19 has pushed AI instruments centre stage in the search for innovative ways to limit the spread and develop treatments and a vaccine. Read more.

European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)
Combating Covid-19 with innovation
The EIT has repurposed activities to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 with connections, hackathons and innovative solutions from its vast community. Read more.

Citizen science resources related to the COVID19 pandemic
Selection of resources related to the current COVID19 pandemic. It contains links to citizen science and crowdsourcing projects.

Joint Research Centre (JRC)
The JRC collects, monitors and distributes information on the coronavirus crisis in Europe. This interesting webpage of the JRC is a map on which daily the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths as well type of restrictions per country.

SwissCore - Contact Office for European Research, Innovation and Education
Interesting article on managing the corona crisis and planning recovery.

European IP Helpdesk
COVID-19 Special! Webinar: IP in Biotechnology
On 14 May 2020, the webinar will provide you with recent examples of successful IP strategies in the field of biotechnology as well as potential short-cut avenues of admission in these fast-moving times. Read more

WIPO Tool to Track IP Policy Information during COVID-19 Pandemic
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new tool that tracks COVID-19 related IP policy changes or other measures being implemented by WIPO member states in their response to the global pandemic. Read more

Forecasting the Coronavirus Pandemic with Help from EU Projects
The whole world is currently dealing with a novel coronavirus pandemic and we all want to try to understand what the future may hold. Using computer-based models could allow us to keep up with the spread and evolution of the pandemic. Read more.


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