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Calls for Proposals by Science Europe Members

Many research funding organisations have opened specific calls to fund research that aims to address the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes funding for  research aimed directly at combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting COVID-19 disease, but also for research into the societal and economic effects of the pandemic.

This page was most recently updated on 16 July 2020.

 

See the overview of Calls for Proposals below. Use the dropdown menu to view calls for a specific country; calls for which the submission date has passed or which have already been closed, are greyed out; active calls are highlighted with a red text. 

Calls that are open to international collaboration through 'lead agency' or similar agreements, are indicated with a globe icon.

Calls for Proposals

Urgent Funding for Research into Humanitarian Crises Like Epidemics and Pandemics

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is calling for scientists in the country to submit project proposals for multidisciplinary research in COVID-19, which will be funded within its existing programmes, but assessed in a new fast track procedure. The fast track is open to proposals that deal with the prevention, early detection, containment, causes and effects of epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19. This includes research focussed on the technical, ecological, economic, political, legal, medical, cultural, psychological, or ethical implications.

Eligibility: Qualified principal investigators of all fields – both established researchers and those at the beginning of their career – who work or want to work at Austrian research institutions or in the case of an application in the Schrödinger Programme at a research institution abroad.

International collaboration: This call is open to projects involving researchers based in Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Poland and the Provincial Administration of South Tyrol, in accordance with the lead agency agreements between FWF and FNR, SNSF, GACR, DFG, ARRS, and NCN.

Deadline for submission: 30.09.2020

Urgent funding SARS-CoV-2

Fast-track procedure for proposals related to SARS-CoV-2. The call was open to proposals from all scientific disciplines.

Deadline for submission: 31.03.2021

Urgent funding SARS-CoV-2 - International funding network

As part of the "urgent funding" initiative, FWF together with 7 European partner organisations (ARRS, DFG, FNR, GACR, NCN, SNF, Province of South Tyrol) established a funding network, enabling international collaborative projects from researchers based in Austria and one or two partner countries.

Deadline for submission: 15.12.2020

Crédits Urgents de Recherche (CUR)

This Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) call allows eligible scientists to request up to € 60,000 in order to cover the costs incurred by an already running project or a project that is about to start. The costs can be covered from April 1 to August 31.

Budget: € 1,000,000

Eligibility: Standard F.R.S.-FNRS eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline for submission: 01.05.2020

Projets Exceptionnels de Recherche (PER)

This Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) call will follow the Crédits Urgents de Recherche (CUR) call to allow for larger projects with a larger inclusion of topics.

Budget: € 2,000,000

Eligibility: Standard F.R.S.-FNRS eligibility requirements apply.

International collaboration: This call is open to projects involving researchers based in Luxembourg, in accordance with the agreement between FNR and F.R.S.-FNRS.

Deadline for submission:: 06.07.2020

Special call for COVID-19 research projects

The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) seeks to generate social impact in the short term for dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis. The objective of this call is to help solve urgent scientific issues surrounding the approach. It is complementary to the FWO call for junior and senior research projects. It is focused exclusively on research that requires immediate funding because it is carried out within the context of the current pandemic and can therefore not be accommodated under any of the open calls for fundamental research projects. Its short time span and succinct form reflects the urgent and temporary character of this research.

Budget: €2,500,000

Eligibility: Proposals must be made by a consortium (i.e. two or more eligible institutions) to increase their likelihood of impact. See FWO website for more eligibility details.

Results: See here an overview of funded projects .

Deadline for submission: 30.04.2020

Second special call for COVID-19 research projects

The measures that were and are still being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have a great impact on people, families, businesses and, by extension, society as a whole. In order to anticipate and limit the consequences of the pandemic, research and new knowledge are essential. With the aim of meeting this need, the FWO organises a second call for COVID-19 related project proposals focusing exclusively on academic research that requires short-term funding. The short time span and succinct application process reflects the urgent and temporary character of this research. Even though basic research is involved, the results of the proposed research should be conducive to supporting policy and society in coping more effectively with the consequences of the pandemic.

Budget: €2,500,000

Eligibility: Proposals must be made by a consortium (i.e. two or more eligible institutions) to increase their likelihood of impact. See FWO website for more eligibility details.

Results: See here an overview of funded projects .

Deadline for submission: 09.09.2020

IP-CORONA-2020-04

This Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) call aims to lead to better understanding of biology and pathogenesis of the coronaviruses, more specifically the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 infectious disease, crisis management during and after the pandemics as well as the organisation and implementation of distance learning.

Budget: € 1,870,000

Eligibility: A scientist employed at a public university, public research institute in the Republic of Croatia and at other legal research entities as well as full members of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Deadline for submission: 20.04.2020

IP-CORONA-2020-12

The objective of the Call is to finance fundamental and applied scientific research that creates new and improves existing knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic and enhancing society’s resilience to emergency situations, with an emphasis on the protection of health of the population, sustainable economic recovery and growth and strengthening high-quality and inclusive educational system in the Republic of Croatia.

Budget: € 1,350,000

Eligibility: A scientist employed at a public university, public research institute in the Republic of Croatia and at other legal research entities as well as full members of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Deadline for submission: 21.12.2020

Special call for applications for research into COVID-19

The Academy of Finland (AKA) call is aimed at research projects in all fields of research that deal with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 epidemic caused by it, the societal impacts of the epidemic and the prevention and/or mitigation of its negative consequences.

Budget: €8,450,000

Eligibility: The funding will support the redirecting of relevant research or the strengthening of research under the theme, that has already been funded by AKA.

Results: See an overview of funded projects on the website of AKA.

Deadline for submission: 28.04.2020

Call for research into COVID-19 vaccines and pharmaceutical development

This special call by the Academy of Finland (AKA) is aimed at preventing adverse health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or at supporting the treatment of COVID-19 cases. The pharmaceutical research may cover both the development of new medicines and the study of the efficacy of medicines authorised for other uses in the treatment of COVID-19. Due to the urgency of the objective, the funding is primarily targeted at projects in which research is already under way. 

Budget: €10,000,000

Eligibility: In addition to a doctoral degree, the principal investigator (PI) of the proposed project must also have other significant scientific merits. Usually the PI is a researcher at the professor or docent (adjunct professor) level. The funding can be applied for by individual research teams or consortia composed of two or several research teams.

Results: See an overview of funded projects on the website of AKA.

Deadline for submissions: 02.06.2020

Flash Call COVID-19

This call from the French National Research Agency (ANR) is a multidisciplinary call for proposals with an accelerated process of evaluation and selection on COVID-19 that aims to rapidly support the scientific communities. It is targeted on priorities identified by the WHO, including epidemiology, physiopathology, prevention, ethics, and social science and humanity.

Budget: € 17,600,000

Eligibility: Applicants from universities, research performing organisations, and the private sector.

Deadline for submissions: 23.03.2020

RA-Covid-19

This call for proposals was based on the principle of knowledge acquisition with an application of results, methods or techniques within 3 to 12 months or immediate collection of specific data. Open call during 6 months. 128 projects funded.

Budget: € 14,600,000

Eligibility: Public or private research laboratories.

Deadline for submissions: 28.10.2020

Resilience Covid-19

Its objective was to rapidly launch short-term projects taking into account the new developments of the pandemic. 45 projects funded.

Budget: € 3,400,000

Eligibility: Public or private research laboratories.

Deadline for submissions: 02.03.2021

Generic call for proposals

The ANR's 2021 Action Plan also includes a general priority "Covid-19" throughout the 2021 Generic Call for Projects (AAPG 2021). Complementary to the short projects financed by the specific calls, this will allow the development of larger projects over a period of 3-4 years.

Eligibility: Public or private research laboratories.

Call for Multidisciplinary Research into Epidemics and Pandemics in Response to the Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2

This call by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is a multidisciplinary funding initiative for projects addressing the prevention, early detection, containment and investigation of the causes, impacts and management of epidemics and pandemics, taking the example of SARS-CoV-2 and other microorganisms and viruses that are pathogenic to humans.

Eligibility: Standard DFG eligibility requirements apply.

International collaboration: This call is open to projects involving researchers based in Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, and Switzerland, in accordance with the lead agency agreement between DFG and FNR, FWF, and SNSF. See the call page for more details.

Letters of Intent: 01.07.2020

Deadline for submission: 01.09.2020

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Exploiting Spatial Data as a Basis for Decision-making as Part of Pandemic Control

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

Funding will be provided for the development and demonstration of innovative and creative approaches to data evaluation for a detailed spatio-temporal analysis of infection events. The aim should be, for example, to establish the basis for early detection of outbreaks (also on a local scale) or evaluate prevention and containment measures. Projects can either use innovative approaches to analyse pandemic events to date or set out to develop monitoring systems. In both cases, the use of various official, commercial or freely accessible data sources is conceivable, including mobile phone data, social media data, data from health authorities, behavioural and survey data etc.

Deadline for submission: 25.05.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Education and Corona – The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Educational Processes in the Life Course

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

The focus of the call is to conduct a secondary analytical investigation of educational processes in the life course and how these educational processes are organised. The aim is to analyse pandemic-related influences on education and look at the implications in terms of future developments (e.g. social inequality).

Deadline for submission: 23.03.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Aerosol Particles and their Distribution

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

Funding under this call is available for projects dedicated to answering open and pressing questions on the formation of aerosol particles during breathing, speaking, coughing, sneezing, as well as their evaporation kinetics and spreading dynamics (turbulent mixing) in rooms. Furthermore, the call intends to address the efficient removal of aerosol particles from indoor air, the infectiosity of virus-transmitting aerosols and the inactivation of viruses in aerosols via multiphysics approaches (radiation, charging, temperature, etc.) as well as the transport and deposition of aerosol particles in the airways. 

Deadline for submission: 02.03.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the Global South: Health Systems and Society

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects. 

With this subject the DFG is highlighting the countries and regions which have been particularly affected by the impacts of the pandemic due to major social dis-parities, a relatively weak economy, a high degree of informality, a lack of social security and overbur-dened health systems.

Deadline for submission: 17.02.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing Projects

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

In this call, the DFG is inviting proposals for SARS-CoV-2 sequencing projects. Funding under this call is available for projects in the context of SARS-CoV-2 infection whose objectives can only be achieved with the use of sequencing technology. These virus and host-specific sequencings are intended to contribute towards a better understanding of infectiousness and the spread of the infec-tion process as well as the genetic determinants of the immune response and host susceptibility, taking defined clinical patterns and vulnerable groups into consideration.

The focus is on quickly generating (sequencing) data, which are made publicly available.

Deadline for submission: 13.01.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Measures to Prevent Infection in Social Settings and Population Groups

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

In this call under COVID-19 Focus Funding, the DFG is inviting proposals on measures to prevent infection in social settings and population groups. In the absence of widespread vaccination or effective medicines against COVID-19, protection against infection currently relies on implementing measures to change people’s behaviour and on changes to social norms. The acceptance, feasibility, implementation as well as the effectiveness of the measures vary among social settings and different group of populations. The impact of these barriers against becoming infected in social settings is unclear.

Deadline for submission: 13.01.2021

COVID-19 Focus Funding: Immunity, Host Susceptibility and Pathomechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

With its COVID-19 Focus Funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has developed a new funding opportunity designed to enable scientists to address especially urgent research questions requiring rapid answers. The projects can be used as preparation for subsequent larger-scale projects.

The purpose of this call is to address urgent, unresolved questions on immune response, host susceptibility and the infection mechanisms and pathomechanisms of SARS-CoV-2. Projects must be hypothesis driven and evidence based. To ensure that projects can get underway quickly, it must be clear in the proposal that the necessary methodological prerequisites are in place and any model systems or patient samples required are available at the start of the project. It must also be clear from the proposal how the newly acquired knowledge will contribute to a better understanding of the infection process and thus the concrete management of the current crisis. Applicants should also explain how the research results can lead to further research projects.

Deadline for submission: 07.09.2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response

The Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland rapid response call is an agile and adaptive initiative to support development of innovative solutions (including STEM-based, social/behavioural science) that can have rapid demonstrable impact on the current COVID-19 crisis in Ireland.

Eligibility: Any Research Performing Organisation; a client company of one of the following government agencies Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údaras Na Gaeltachta or Local Enterprise Office (LEO). The involvement of relevant Government Departments and/or other public sector bodies in the development of applications and the delivery of the solution is strongly encouraged.

Budget: € 8,700,000

Deadline for submission: 01.05.2020

HRB/IRC Rapid Response Funding Call

This is a partnership between Health Research Board (HRB) and the Irish Research Council (IRC). This call is open to projects for:

  1. Medical countermeasure
  2. Health service readiness
  3. Social/policy countermeasures

This call is linked to a second rapid response call being run by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Budget: € 5,600,000

Eligibility: The Lead Applicant must demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and supports necessary to direct the proposed research and to be actively engaged in carrying the research through to completion. This means that the LA will show appropriate evidence of expertise matched to the nature and context of the project.

Deadline for submissions: 09.04.2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response (Phase 2)

The Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland rapid response call is an agile and adaptive initiative to support research in a number of thematic areas focused on advancing our knowledge of the virus and its impact on our health, and develop solutions that contribute to economic and societal recovery.

Eligibility: Under this call, applications must be led by a researcher from an SFI Eligible Research Body (Higher Education Institution). Applicants must be capable of demonstrating the required technical skills, resources and network to complete the proposed project.

Budget: € 9,300,000

Deadline for submission: 26.08.2020

REMAP-CAP supplemental funding

Supplemental funding for the HRB-Clinical Trial Network in Critical Care to support their participation in an international clinical trial of repurposed therapeutic interventions in response to COVID-19.

Budget: € 400,000

WHO-SOLIDARITY Trial

ACTIVE CALL

The Department of Health (National Sponsors) and HRB Clinical Research Facilities worked together to participate in the WHO Solidarity Trial. It is one of the largest international randomized trials for COVID-19 treatments, enrolling almost 12 000 patients in 500 hospital sites in over 30 countries. The Solidarity Trial is evaluating the effect of drugs on 3 important outcomes in COVID-19 patients: mortality, need for assisted ventilation and duration of hospital stay.

Budget: € 1,600,000

Eligibility: skilled clinical trialists.

Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

Supplemental funding to conduct a carry-on survey of the IDS-TILDA cohort with intellectual disabilities on the impact of Covid-19 on their lives. Resulted in a report to the Department of Health and Health Services Executive.

Budget: €60,200

Research Collaborative in Quality and Patient Safety COVID-19

Support for research projects with knowledge users and academic researchers collaborating to focus on QPS research questions that are determined by the documented needs of the Irish health care system. 2020 call focused on Covid impacts.

Budget: € 500,000

Eligibility: Applications should be made on behalf of a team which is made up of researchers and knowledge users. The applicant team should designate a Lead Applicant from the research team and the knowledge user team.

For Mitigation of Consequences of Covid-19

The overarching goal of implementing this state research programme is to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to protect the population in order to urgently restore economic activity and socially active daily life through innovative scientific projects. 

Budget: €5,000,000

Eligibility: Scientific institutions of the Republic of Latvia that are registered in the Register of Scientific Institutions and  comply with the definition of a research organization were eligible to hand in proposals. A state institution, the performance of which is determined by a foreign legal act, by the regulations, or statutes, may also participate as a co- partner. The project applicant must involve at least 2 project partners in implementing the project.

Results: See an overview of funded projects on the website of LZP.

Deadline for submission: 16.06.2020

2020 Individual Scientist Project Proposals for Fundamental and Applied Research

The overarching goal of implementing this project is to contribute to strengthening the excellence of universities and research institutes, promote the launching of the Reform of the Academic Career Model in Latvia, as well as to reduce the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the national economy.

Budget: €11,201,343

Eligibility: Scientific institutions of the Republic of Latvia, which are registered in the Register of Scientific Institutions and which comply with the definition of a research organization, were eligible to hand in proposals.

Deadline for submission: 28.09.2020

Fast-track call for 6-month co-funding

The Luxembourgish research community, including FNR, has created a COVID-19 Task Force in order to coordinate response activities. As a part of the Task Force’s activities, the FNR is launching a rapid call to provide initial (co-)funding for supporting both short-term projects and starting phases of long-term projects that will address the current and future challenges of COVID-19. 

Research submitted to this call is open to all research domains and disciplines and must be aligned with the WHO’s Coordinated Global Research Roadmap: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (March 2020 version). Of particular interest is also the development and use of Text and Data Mining techniques that can help to answer high-priority scientific questions related to COVID-19, such as those presented in the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19).

Eligibility: The call is open to all PIs fulfilling the FNR requirements for PIs, and is also open to collaborations with companies – please consult Luxinnovation for more info on the potential support of companies.

Budget: € 2,640,000

Deadline for submission: 11.05.2020

FNR COVID-19 Funding Instrument (2021)

ACTIVE CALL

The call aims to support research projects that are expected to directly impact the management of the crisis in the coming months.

Funding duration: up to 12 months.

FNR financial support: up to € 125.000 per project.

Budget: € 2,000,000

Eligibility: The call is open to all domains. The call is open to all researchers/institutions eligible for FNR funding.

Deadline for submissions: 15.10.2021

Corona: Fast-track data

The corona crisis poses many new questions for society. There is an urgent need for research across the entire spectrum of disciplines, ranging from medical and healthcare research to research in the humanities, behavioural sciences, physical and natural sciences, and engineering. Research that is essential to build a knowledge base for political and general decision-making. The resulting decisions will be crucial for society, both in the short term – to combat the corona crisis – and in the long term – to navigate the post-corona era.

The 'Corona: fast-track data' call for proposals focuses on research to be conducted now, i.e. at the height of the corona crisis, and specifically research into issues, other than medical and healthcare issues, that arise in society during the crisis.

This call is now closed due to the budget having been allocated.

Budget: €1,500,000

Eligibility: Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application provided that they are employed (i.e. hold a salaried position) for at least the duration of the research for which funding is requested, at one of the following organisations: universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; university medical centres; NWO and KNAW institutes; the Netherlands Cancer Institute; the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen; the DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble; Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL); Princess Máxima Center. Medical and healthcare research projects are excluded from participation.

COVID-19 Programme (Focus Area 1)

This Dutch Research Council (NWO) and ZonMw programme aims to contribute to controlling the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the short and long term, to generate new knowledge about prevention, treatment and recovery from this infectious disease, and to investigate the broader societal issues concerning this pandemic.

Focus Area: Predictive diagnostics and treatment
Research in this focus area concerns the (further) development of (predictive) diagnostics for individualised treatment and for the prevention of COVID-19-related symptoms in the early, acute and recovery phases. It concerns research that is urgently needed into new or existing therapies and their modes of action, and on obtaining insight into, amongst other things, the microbiome, immunity, predictive parameters and individualised treatment.

Budget: €8,500,000

Eligibility: Research organisations and other entities registered in the Netherlands, such as UMCs, nonacademic hospitals, universities, universities of applied sciences, “practoraten” (knowledge platforms in vocational (mbo) education), care organisations, research institutes, consultancy bureaus, umbrella organisations, professional organisations and patient organisations.

Deadline for submission: 14.05.2020

Covid-19 Programme (Focus Area 2)

This Dutch Research Council (NWO) and ZonMw programme aims to contribute to controlling the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the short and long term, to generate new knowledge about prevention, treatment and recovery from this infectious disease, and to investigate the broader societal issues concerning this pandemic.

Focus area 2: Care and prevention
The emphasis within this focus area lies on obtaining insights and lessons learned that contribute to an improved, substantiated response towards the current pandemic, and the safeguarding of these improved approaches and processes in the care system of the future. Various types of research are possible. Collaboration between research groups, disciplines and relevant stakeholders is the starting point for obtaining these insights in an efficient manner and for realising an adequate preparation for a future pandemic.

Budget: €6,500,000

Eligibility: Research organisations and other entities registered in the Netherlands, such as UMCs, nonacademic hospitals, universities, universities of applied sciences, “practoraten” (knowledge platforms in vocational (mbo) education), care organisations, research institutes, consultancy bureaus, umbrella organisations, professional organisations and patient organisations.

Deadline for submission: 14.05.2020

COVID-19 Programme (Focus Area 3)

This Dutch Research Council (NWO) and ZonMw programme aims to contribute to controlling the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the short and long term, to generate new knowledge about prevention, treatment and recovery from this infectious disease, and to investigate the broader societal issues concerning this pandemic.

Focus area 3: Societal dynamics
This focus area concerns broad, societal issues in which several scientific disciplines are involved: What are the societal consequences of the coronavirus crisis? Which social and economic problems have been exposed or have arisen as a result of this? But also: which positive effects does the crisis have? Which restart scenarios exist after a shorter or longer period of economic and widespread societal disruption? What can we learn from the crisis for the future?

Budget: €6,500,000

Eligibility: Research organisations and other entities registered in the Netherlands, such as UMCs, nonacademic hospitals, universities, universities of applied sciences, “practoraten” (knowledge platforms in vocational (mbo) education), care organisations, research institutes, consultancy bureaus, umbrella organisations, professional organisations and patient organisations.

Deadline for submission: 25.05.2020

Science for professional practice

Organisations such as care organisations, companies, schools, local governments and public transport companies face practical problems as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against this. Combining knowledge from science and professional practice can give rise to solutions that within a short space of time can help to answer practical questions and help to alleviate problems. This call for proposals has therefore been published within the COVID-19 Programme. The grant is intended for brief (action) research realised by collaborations between scientific organisations (researchers) and businesses, public organisations, administrative bodies, interest groups or (local) governments. The scientific organisation submits the application on behalf of the collaboration. Research questions that relate to one or more of the three focus areas of the COVID-19 Programme are possible. The research should be aimed at generating a clear and directly applicable solution for coronavirus-related challenges in everyday practice.

Budget: €1,350,000

Eligibility: Scientific organisations (universities, universities of applied sciences, research and knowledge institutions), UMCs in a collaboration with companies, local governments, schools, public organisations, (care) institutions, sector and professional associations, sports clubs, patient organisations, client organisations located in the Netherlands, et cetera.

Deadline for submission: 25.05.2020

Complexity research in connection with the Covid-19 crisis

This ‘complexity science’ call is concerned with the way in which separate but interlinked complex systems operate: the national crisis organization on the one hand, and the decentralized system of the security regions and/or medical institutions on the other.

Budget: € 720,000

Eligibility: Full, associate and assistant professors and other researchers with a comparable appointment can submit an application if:

  • they are employed (i.e. hold a salaried position) at one of the following organisations: Universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; University medical centres; NWO and KNAW institutes; the Netherlands Cancer Institute; the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen; the DUBBLE Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble; NCB Naturalis; Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL); Princess Máxima Center.
  • and also have an appointment period for at least the duration of the application procedure and the entire duration of the research for which the grant is being applied for. Personnel with a zero-hour appointment is excluded from applying.

Deadline for submissions: 26.01.2021

Covid-19 Emergency Call for Proposals

The aim of this Research Council of Norway (RCN) call is to support research that will enable us to understand and contain the new COVID-19, as well as to improve efficient patient management and public health (national and international) preparedness and response to the current and analogous outbreaks that may come in the future.

Budget: €9 million

Eligibility: Approved Norwegian R&I organisation, partners from Norway and abroad

Deadline for submission: 31.03.2020

Express Call to fund research on COVID-19

The National Science Centre's (NCN) Express Call to fund research on COVID-19 aims to expand the knowledge needed to understand the mechanisms of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prevention and the psychological and social effects of the pandemic.

Budget: 10,000,000 PLN

Eligibility: Universities; federations of science and HE entities; research institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences operating pursuant to the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1475); research institutes operating pursuant to the Act on Research Institutes of 30 April 2010 (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 736); institutes operating within the Łukasiewicz Research Network; international research institutes established pursuant to separate Acts, operating in the Republic of Poland; research centres of the Polish Academy of Sciences within the meaning of the Act on the Polish Academy of Sciences of 30 April 2010; and other entities involved in research independently on a continuous basis.

Deadline for submission: 14.04.2020

RESEARCH 4 COVID19

Competitive call for research and innovation proposals under preparation by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) and the Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation.

Budget: € 1,500,000

Eligibility: Higher education institutions and their institutes, State Laboratories and other public research institutions, Scientific societies or non-profit scientific associations, public or private non-profit institutions, who may apply individually or in partnership, may be recipients, being mandatory the participation of services and healthcare providers entities. Business entities can participate, provided the partnership with research institutions.

Deadline for submission: 05.04.2020

AI 4 COVID-19

This Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) call is for projects that promote the presentation of R&D projects in the field of Data Science that may contribute to improving the response of the Public Administration bodies to the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics, in line with the provisions of the National Plan from the General Health Directorate (DGS).

Budget: € 3,000,000

Eligibility: Non-business entities in the R&I system, namely: Higher education institutions, their institutes and R&D units; State or international laboratories based in Portugal; Private non-profit institutions mainly dedicated to R&D activities; Other public and private, non-profit institutions that develop or participate in R&D activities. Projects must involve at least one Public Administration entity.

Deadline for submission: 15.06.2020

DOCTORATES 4 COVID-19

This Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) call aims to support the development of knowledge to create the skills needed to respond to the pandemic of the new corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease, and to future pandemics, that may translate into efficient prevention measures, better healthcare and an effective support to citizens.

Availability: 50 PhD studentships

Eligibility: Researchers of any nationality or stateless individuals may apply. Research activities may be carried out in any environment of production and dissemination of knowledge, national or international. The work plan may be entirely or partially carried out in a national institution (studentship in Portugal or both in Portugal and abroad studentship, respectively).

 

Deadline for applications: 14.05.2020

Special support to research projects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hate crimes and violence and hate speech

Funding of initiatives that allow the production and dissemination of knowledge and research actions on crimes of hate incitement, violence and hate speech in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Budget: € 200,000

Eligibility: Higher education organisations and their institutes, State Laboratories and other public research institutions, Scientific societies or non-profit scientific associations, Public or private non-profit institutions.

Deadline for submission: 25.01.2021

Support for research and development aimed at managing the coronavirus pandemic and its effects for the period 2020-2021

The aim of the call is to stimulate R&D aimed at overcoming the COVID 19 pandemic and minimizing its impact on society, whether now or after the end of the pandemic, by supporting R&D or transferring R&D results from R&D organizations to social and economic practice.

Budget: € 8,211,355

Deadline for submission: 15.07.2020

Call for proposals to expand the research programme funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic

This Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) call aims to provide additional funding for research activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic within the instrument of research programmes (long term funding of research activities). Research topics are to be focused on the new corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease (treatment methods, protection, diagnostics), as well as on the critical analysis of the population protection system in Slovenia (procedures, equipment) and comparative analysis with other countries for a better response to any future pandemics and epidemics.

The call is expected to be launched in mid-May 2020 and will enable a temporary increase in funding of the selected research programmes by the end of 2021.

Budget: Exact amount to be defined.

Eligibility: Slovenian research organisations that have already been involved in the ARRS instrument of research programmes and have conducted or plan to conduct research related to the call topics.

Deadline for submission: May 2020, precise date to be defined.

Large-scale interdisciplinary project covering COVID-19 pandemic and related themes

The call for large-scale interdisciplinary project aims to provide funding for research activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic issues within the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) research projects instrument. The call allows scientists to request up to €500.000 per year in order to cover the costs of salaries of the researchers, material costs and depreciation of research infrastructure. The funding is to start in September 2020 (as foreseen) for a three-year period.

Budget: €500.000 annually

Eligibility: Standard ARRS eligibility requirements, inter-institutional application (at least three participating research organisations) and interdisciplinary projects covering several scientific disciplines.  

Deadline for submission: July 2020, exact date to be defined.

FONDO ISCIII COVID

Urgent call to fund research projects on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. With over 120 projects funded and 24 M€ committed, the funds covered research on diagnostic tools, disease characterization, treatments, virus biology, vaccines, epidemiologic surveillance, artificial intelligence tools, and the socio-economic impact aspects of the pandemic.

Budget: € 24,000,000

Eligibility: All Spanish institutions

Special initiative on research for virus research

This Swedish Research Council (VR) call addresses knowledge gaps such as research on viruses that constitute pandemic threats, and those that cause common infections. For most viruses we are also lacking antiviral drugs or vaccines capable of reducing the viral burden.

Budget: 100,000,000 Kr over five years

Eligibility: Not yet defined. Typically, recipients should be attached to a legal entity approved by the Swedish Research Council as a recipient of research funding (normally a university). International collaboration is allowed.

Deadline for submission: Autumn 2020, exact date to be defined.

Urgent grants 2020 to secure access to data or research materials

The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Developmat (Formas) has opened this call in response to the current situation on COVID-19. The focus of the call is within Formas' areas of responsibility: environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning.

Eligibility: Researchers with a doctoral degree.

Deadline: 31.08.2020

Applied Welfare Research 2021

The call will give researchers with ongoing project grants the opportunity to supplementary research related to the current pandemic. An additional grant aims at supplementary data collection, analyzes and syntheses with a focus on how the pandemic has affected the issues that the project focus on.

Budget: € 1,100,000

Eligibility: Eligibility based on previous financing within the programme.

Deadline for submissions: 17.03.2021

Research on disability 2021

Research may examine various conditions and support measures for people with disabilities and should be linked to the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget: € 4,500,000

Eligibility: Approved organisations, project leader must be PhD.

Deadline for submissions: 21.06.2021

Increased Knowledge on Elderly Care 2020

Sustainable health and welfare systems are central to society´s preparedness for future challenges. In elderly care, exposed shortcomings have had major consequences for the elderly. The problems are found at both the system, organizational and practical levels.

Budget: € 1,230,000

Eligibility: Approved organisations, Project Leaders must be PhD

Deadline for submissions: 01.10.2020

Urgent grants 2020

The purpose of the urgent grants was to provide the opportunity to collect data and research materials of urgent nature, to ensure the future availability of research. Researchers within Forte’s areas could apply for funding for data collection linked to the corona pandemic.

Budget: € 1,600,000

Eligibility: Approved organisations, Project Leaders must be PhD

Syntheses of working life research 2020

The current Covid-19 epidemic is affecting working life in a very tangible manner with consequences for individuals, companies, the public sector and society at large. The consequences need to be highlighted from various perspectives.

Budget: € 1,000,000

Eligibility: Approved organisations, Project Leaders must be PhD

Deadline for submissions: 13.08.2020

Research within The welfare’s quality, organization and processes initiative

Within the framework of Forte's initiative Welfare's quality, organization and processes, researchers with ongoing funding were given the opportunity for additional funding to link their research to the pandemic, and thus contribute to knowledge about sustainable welfare systems during a crisis.

Budget: € 600,000

Eligibility: Based on previous financing within the programme.

Deadline for submissions: 30.06.2020

Corona perspective in the annual open call 2020

In the annual open call 2020, Forte opened up the possibility for applicants to adapt their applications based on the ongoing pandemic.

Budget: € 5,500,000

Eligibility: Approved organisations, Project Leaders must be PhD.

Deadline for submissions: 01.06.2020

Urgent call for proposals 2021 – Ensuring the future availability of data or research materials

ACTIVE CALL

In this urgent call, Formas welcomes applications within any of its areas of responsibility that show an urgent need to ensure future availability of primary research data, such as measurement data and collected samples, interviews and participating observations.

Eligibility: Researchers with a doctoral degree.

Budget: 10,000,000 kr

Deadline for submissions: 28.10.2021

Project grant for research into post-COVID

ACTIVE CALL

The purpose of the project grant is to fund research into post-infectious conditions with remaining or late-onset symptoms following COVID-19 infection (post-COVID). The call is part of the national research programme on viruses and pandemics.

Budget: 50,000,000 Kr

Eligibility: Individual applicant, connected to a Swedish administrating organisation.

Deadline for submissions: 17.08.2021

Research environment grant for follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccines

It gives researchers the opportunity to collaborate nationally to conduct follow-up studies of COVID-19 vaccine that are justified by the needs of health and medical care and that contribute to a permanent infrastructure for future follow-up studies. The call is part of the national research programme.

Budget: 100,000,000 Kr

Eligibility: Individual applicant, with a clinical position, connected to a Swedish administrating organisation.

Deadline for submissions: 13.04.2021

Project grant for research on viruses and virus-caused disease conditions

The call gives researchers the freedom to formulate their own research ideas, methods and implementation, and to solve a defined research task within a limited period of time. The focus of this call is on long-term research into basic virology and fundamental disease mechanisms caused by viruses.

Budget: 50,000,000 Kr

Eligibility: Individual applicant, connected to a Swedish administrating organisation.

Deadline for submissions: 17.03.2021

Special Call on Coronaviruses

This Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) special call funds projects starting as of June in any discipline on coronaviruses tackling the current crisis or preparing for future epidemics. It takes into account the agenda of the WHO and the priorities of the Federal Office of Public Health.

Budget: CHF 10 million

Deadline for submission: 25.03.2020

National Research Programme 78: COVID-19

This call is launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation to advance the understanding of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the clinical management and public health response, the development of vaccines, and therapeutics and diagnostics. It aims to capitalise and build on existing national research competencies, to channel and bundle them into more extensive projects, and to foster multidisciplinary collaborations and sharing of data and results between scientists, health professionals and health authorities. The goal is to support innovative projects that can achieve results as soon as possible and to submit appropriate recommendations and solutions to combat the current Covid-19 crisis in Switzerland.

Budget: CHF 20 million

Eligibility: See details on the call page.

International collaboration: This call is open to projects involving researchers based in Switzerland and Luxembourg, in accordance with the lead agency agreement between SNSF and FNR. See the call page for more details.

Deadline for submission: 25.05.2020

National Research Programme 80: COVID-19 in Society

ACTIVE CALL

The National Research Programme "COVID-19 in Society" (NRP 80) aims to help manage current and future pandemics by analysing social processes during the pandemic from a social science perspective. NRP 80 thus complements NRP 78 "COVID-19", launched in 2020 to investigate primarily the biomedical and clinical aspects, as well as the special call for research on coronaviruses launched by the SNSF

Budget: CHF 14 million

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

ACTIVE CALL

This UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) call is intended for research addressing and mitigating health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the outbreak. Themes: new research or innovation that will deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of and response to the pandemic plus impacts. Support the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption.

Budget: No budget currently set. UKRI is interested in funding research of any scale that can demonstrate it will deliver impact in the project length.

Eligibility: Standard UKRI eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline for submission: No deadline currently set.

Covid-19 Rapid Response Calls

UKRI with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) via the National Institute for Health Research jointly launched two rapid-response research calls to tackle COVID-19: Active intervention development and Diagnosing and understanding COVID-19.

Budget: £ 20,000,000 across two calls.

Eligibility: Standard UKRI eligibility requirements apply.

Deadline for submission: 27.02.2020

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

Under this UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) call, UK-registered businesses can apply for between £25,000 and £50,000 to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget: £ 20,000,000

Eligibility: UK-registered businesses.

Deadline for application: 17.04.2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call

This call by UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) seeks to fund research looking into the association between ethnicity and COVID-19 incidence and adverse health outcomes. Research is needed to further understanding of potential differences in risk for ethnic groups, which groups are at greatest risk of a range of adverse outcomes, and, based on that understanding, what can be done about this to reduce morbidity and mortality. This call is in addition, and designed to complement, existing work already being done by academic groups and Public Health England.

Eligibility: See the UKRI website for details on eligibility requirements.

Preferred Submission Date: 11.05.2020

Agile Research and Innovation Response to COVID-19

UKRI ran an open call for project submissions from April until December 2020. Applicants were permitted to submit applications of high impact research and innovation proposals which could generate impact towards issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget: Almost £ 200,000,000

Eligibility: As per standard UKRI eligibility rules. Inclusive of business, academic organisations, NHS trusts etc.

Deadline for submissions: 15.12.2020