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Other Activities from Science Europe Members

Aside from launching research calls, Science Europe's Member Organisations are also involved in several other activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of these include running research projects directly, openly sharing research data and facilities, and providing information to the public. An overview of such initiatives is below.

This page was most recently updated on 16 July 2020.


The overview below is categorised according to a number of different activity types:

Research Projects and CollaborationInformation PortalsData and Publication Sharing InitiativesOther Initiatives

Research Projects and Collaborations

  • Leibniz Association Coronavirus Research Overview
    Leibniz Association (Germany)
    The Leibniz Association's many institutes are running a great variety of research projects and/or programmes into the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences on society. The Leibniz Association has set up this comprehensive overview of activities from its institutes.
  • COVID-19 Centre of Excellence
    Science Foundation Ireland
    The Irish government have allocated €4.8 million of funding through Science Foundation Ireland for the setup of a COVID-19 centre of excellence, to be hosted by Trinity College Dublin. This research partnership will seek to understand why some people are more susceptible to COVID-19 than others and focus on the design of vaccines and novel treatment approaches.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Thematic Platform for Global Health (in Spanish)
    Spanish National Research Council
    To address the coronavirus pandemic, CSIC has created the Inter-Disciplinary Thematic Platform for Global Health and has funded 12 research projects with a major donation from the MAPFRE Foundation. Dr. Anna Planas from IIBB is leading one of these projects that intends to identify the individual risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19 and discover possible treatments. This study will be carried out in collaboration with Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, IDIBAPS, ISGlobal, Hospital de Sant Pau and several CSIC institutes of Valencia (IBV), Madrid (CNB), Granada (IPBLN), Santander (IFCA) and Galicia (CESGA).
  • CSIC research project on COVID-19 containment measures (in Spanish)
    Spanish National Research Council
    This project by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) uses computing and data science techniques to see how the containment measures that have been taken to stop the spread of COVID-19 are effective. The results are going to be essential to improve social distancing strategies taken in future outbreaks of this disease or others.
  • COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium
    UK Research and Innovation
    Supported by the UK Government, NHS, Public Health England, UKRI, and Wellcome, this consortium will enable clinicians and public health teams to rapidly investigate clusters of cases in hospitals, care homes and the community, to understand how the virus is spread and implement appropriate infection control measures.

Information Portals

  • COVID-19 research project registry
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    This project database offers an overview of research on COVID-19 funded by the SNSF, by Innosuisse, or within the European Framework programme Horizon 2020 with Swiss participation.
  • UKRI Coronavirus Hub
    UK Research and Innovation
    The UKRI Coronavirus Hub gives you the latest information on the vital work of UKRI and our community in response to the crisis, what grants and awards we have made, and our continuing call to fund your ideas to limit the outbreak and protect life.
  • Coronavirus – The Science Explained
    UK Research and Innovation
    Coronavirus: the science explained is a UKRI website that lays out the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control. The website will be regularly updated with the latest science information behind the coronavirus outbreak.

Data and Publication Sharing Initiatives

  • Mandatory COVID-19 Open Data Access through HRB Open Research
    Health Research Board, Irish Research Council
    The Health Research Board (HRB) and Irish Research Council (IRC) have made it a mandatory requirement for all projects funded through their Rapid Response Call to publish their protocols and findings in real time on the HRB Open Research publishing platform.
  • MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis: Covid-19 reports
    UK Research and Innovation
    Since the emergence of COVID-19 in December 2019, the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (a UKRI Institute) at Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team has been sharing research findings on the developing pandemic. This webpage page provides all publicly published online reports.
  • Wellcome call for 'Sharing research data and findings relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak'
    Wellcome has issued a statement calling on researchers, journals, and funders to openly and rapidly share research data to ensure that research findings and data relevant to this outbreak can inform the public health response and help save lives. Multiple Science Europe Member Organisations have signed Wellcome's statement.

Other Initiatives

  • Science 4 COVID-19
    Foundation for Science and Technology
    Open and inclusive call for ideas and the organisation of task forces to collect and mobilize ideas from science and innovation players, by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation in close co-operation with public and private research performing organisations.


  • Apply to switch your existing funding to COVID-19 priority areas
    UK Research and Innovation
    UKRI has put in place a process to allow researchers to repurpose existing UKRI standard grants to address COVID-19 research priorities.


  • Development of Parenting during COVID-19 pamphlette
    UK Research and Innovation
    UKRI’s GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub joined forces with the WHO and UNICEF to produce evidence-based tips for parents to talk about COVID-19 including planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour and managing stress.