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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.

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

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.

Deadline for submission: 30.04.2020

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: € 2,000,000

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

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

[COVID-19] AKA: 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: € 20,000,000

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

Deadline for submissions: 23.03.2020

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 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.

Deadline for submission: Rolling call

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: € 3,000,000

Eligibility: Valid host institutions

Deadline for submissions: 09.04.2020

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.

Deadline for submission: 11.05.2020

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19

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