From today onwards, research institutions together with (public) institutions and businesses or local governments can jointly submit funding proposals to quickly tackle a practical problem related to the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against that. Given the need to act urgently, the deadline for submitting proposals for this call is 25 May 2020, at 12.00 hours CEST.

Practice-oriented problems

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 research questions that can reduce or solve practical problems within a short space of time.

Call for proposals

This brief call for proposals is open for two weeks for applications from collaborations between research institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences, institutes) and (public) institutions, businesses or local governments. Scientific organisations within a collaboration can apply for funding to deploy scientific expertise or action research within the collaboration’s activities, operational processes or local policy that are aimed at tackling a problem related to the coronavirus crisis. A maximum of €25,000 is available per application for projects with a maximum duration of 6 months.

Planning funding round

The following timetable applies to this funding round:

  • Deadline submission project idea: 25 May 2020, 12.00 hours CEST

  • Granting decision: 5 June 2020

  • Latest starting date: 22 June 2020

The COVID-19 Programme

The research programme COVID-19 focuses on research aimed at the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic. There are three focus areas:
1.    Predictive diagnostics and treatment
2.    Care and prevention
3.    Societal dynamics
Calls for proposals for research aimed at these areas were published online on 1 and 6 May 2020.

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