EU Coronavirus research opportunities

March 20, 2020

Updated on 20.4.2020:

As part of the European Roadmap towards lifting coronavirus containment measures, the European Commission is presenting guidelines on coronavirus testing methodologies. This document summarizes performance criteria and methodologies for tests detecting the virus as well for tests detecting antibodies (to detect whether the patient has already been exposed to the virus).

As EC says: The guideline "...outlines the regulatory context of COVID-19-related in vitro diagnostic testing devices in the EU and gives an overview of different types of tests and their purposes. It includes considerations on device performance and validating that performance. It provides elements to be considered by Member States in defining national strategies, and by economic operators in placing devices on the market, with the objective of ensuring that safe and effective devices for COVID-19-related testing are available in the EU."

This is a MUST read for everybody developing a diagnostic test in Europe regarding the COVID-19!

Updated on 3.4.2020:

COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals launched: 600,000 EUR for projects in fields of healthcare, education & MSMEs from Central European Initiative (CEI).

In order to provide a targeted response to the global outbreak caused by COVID-19, the CEI is glad to launch the COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals 2020. The call purposely aims at addressing quickly the specific needs of communities in CEI Member States.

A total budget of EUR 600.000 - supported by all CEI Member States through the CEI Cooperation Fund and by Italy through the Know-how Exchange Programme under the CEI Fund at the EBRD - will be allocated for granting proposals in three areas of intervention:

Eligibility: All public and private entities, NGOs based and registered in a CEI Member State as well as international/regional organisations can apply for a CEI grant up to 100% of the value of their project, and up to a maximum amount of 40.000,00 EUR. We will pay particular attention to non-EU CEI countries.

Due to the extraordinary nature of this call, we will only accept applications received by 9 April 2020.

Updated on 1.4.2020:

A dedicated page www.esfri.eu/covid-19 has been activated, and is being regularly updated, with services and tools provided by national and European to scientists, medical personnel in the field and health system administrators fighting COVID19.

European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform has been recently installed. The page is still under construction but you can already find here:

·      COVID-19 outbreak: latest H2020 calls deadlines updates

·      COVID-19 outbreak: latest H2020 calls deadlines updates

·      COVID-19 outbreak: new (Horizon 2020) FAQs have been published!

·      National activities in Member States

·      Other useful links

Updated on 24.3.2020:

European vaccination infrastructure TRANSVAC2 (coordinated by EVI) encourages researchers working on COVID19 to use the high quality technical services for vaccines development this infrastructure offers.

SK: Európska vakcinačná infraštruktúra TRANSVAC2 (koordinovaná EVI) vyzýva výskumných pracovníkov pracujúcich na COVID19, aby využili vysokokvalitné technické služby na vývoj vakcín, ktoré ponúka ich infraštruktúra: http://eraportal.sk/aktuality/otvorena-vyzva-na-podporu-vyvoja-vakcin-proti-covid19/; www.transvac.org

We published on the website of the Institute of research and development of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak republic info about EU opportunities for research in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 (IVV MZ SR, Part: Novinky: Čo môžu slovenskí vedci spraviť pre svet a Slovensko ohľadom koronavírusu?).

Published on 20.3.2020:

Now we are providing to the Slovak biomedicine community another links from the European Commission.

The first link is a new link collecting research possibilities and activities within the EU regarding the fight with SARS-CoV-2.

The second link is collecting information and response of EU about SARS-CoV-2 and measures taken.

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