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Published: 2020-05-19 13:26 | Updated: 2020-05-20 15:00

Current calls, week 21, 2020

Tips from Grants Office about current calls

Swedish and Nordic calls

Project grant for research into coronavirus and COVID-19 – The Swedish Research Council

The call is aimed at researchers who are project leaders for grants from the Swedish Research Council or Forte that have not yet ended. The focus is on research that can reduce the spread and the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and also research aimed at preventing future pandemics. The research can relate to medical devices, treatment methods, medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, transmission and pathogenesis for COVID-19, for example. It can also focus on data-driven research and questions relating to epidemiology and public health linked to COVID-19. The call is aimed at researchers within several different subject areas.

Closing date: 2 June 2020

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Projektmedel för hälsa, medicin och teknik – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) och Region Stockholm

KTH och Region Stockholm inbjuder ansökningar om projektmedel för hälsa, medicin och teknik. Dessa syftar till att långsiktigt bidra till ökad kvalitet och effektivitet inom hälso- och sjukvård för att gynna människors hälsa på kort och lång sikt. Behöriga att söka är grupper sammanställda av två ledare som är ordförande och viceordförande. En av dessa måste vara anställd vid KTH som professor eller docent, och den andra vid Region Stockholm eller vårdenhet i Stockholms län med annat huvudmannaskap som utför vård åt Region Stockholm enligt vårdavtal samt vara disputerad och klinisk verksam. Den totala budgeten uppgår till SEK 15 miljoner. Medel uppgår till SEK 1m per projekt och beviljas i högst tre år. 

Closing date: 10 June 2020

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Medicinska forskningsanslag – IngaBritt and Arne Lundberg’s foundation

IngaBritt och Arne Lundbergs Forskningsstiftelse inbjuder ansökningar om forskningsanslag. Dessa främjar medicinsk vetenskaplig forskning huvudsakligen rörande cancer och njursjukdomar och ortopedi. Normalt stöds större projekt, som är väsentliga för den framtida utvecklingen inom stiftelsens ändamålsområde. Anslag tilldelas främst för inköp av apparatur, hjälpmedel och utrustning.

Closing date: 10 June 2020

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Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19 – NordForsk

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has called for an immediate need for knowledge on the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and how the virus leads to severe medical complications and death in some infected people. International research initiatives have been initiated in response to COVID-19 with the aim to generate new knowledge through clinical trials and by enabling open access to COVID-19 research data. Research cooperation with a more regional approach may in many ways prove as relevant and have great value for patients and societies. The Nordic and Baltic countries have similar welfare systems, access to high-quality research infrastructures and publicly funded health care, which, together with the citizens trust in research, are of particular strength in this context. On this background, a call for proposals for funding of Nordic and Nordic-Estonian/Latvian collaboration projects on health data research on COVID-19 is now announced. The call “Nordic Health Data Research Projects on COVID-19” is a collaborative effort between the Swedish Research Council, Academy of Finland, Innovation Fund Denmark, Research Council of Norway, Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNÍS), Estonian Research Council, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, and NordForsk.

Closing date: 16 June 2020

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Covid-19 call 2: Solutions for the next human high-impact pandemic – EUREKA

EUREKA invites applications for its Covid-19 call 2: Solutions for the next human high-impact pandemic. This supports company driven collaborative projects that result in innovative, cost-effective solutions to meet health challenges or contribute to increased sustainability and self-sufficiency in society in industry, in preparation of the next highly contagious human infectious disease pandemic. Projects must have a civilian purpose and involve an innovative product, process or service as well as a technological risk. Companies, universities, university hospitals, research institutes or other relevant actors based in Belgium, Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, may apply. Companies and organisations from countries that are not part of the call may participate with their own funding.

Closing date: 16 June 2020

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Forskningsanslag inför 2021 – Forska Utan Djurförsök

Utlysningen gäller nya projekt. Forska Utan Djurförsöks uppgift är att verka för att djurförsök ersätts med nya, bättre metoder. Genom forskningsanslag bidrar vi till viktig biomedicinsk forskning och förbättrad riskbedömning av kemikalier, läkemedel och andra produkter, samtidigt som djurförsök ersätts. Vid bedömning av projektansökningar tas hänsyn dels till projektets uttalade mål och möjligheter att ersätta djurförsök, dels till projektets vetenskapliga kvalitet. Valideringsplaner och möjligheter att sprida metoden utanför forskarens egna laboratorium, är andra aspekter som bedöms.

Closing date: 30 June 2020

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Career support funding for research into virus and virus-caused disease conditions: international postdoc grant, starting grant and consolidation grant – The Swedish Research Council

The calls for international postdoc grant, starting grant and consolidation grant are aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers. The three calls have a joint focus on research into virus and disease conditions caused by viruses.

Closing date: 25 August 2020

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Project grant for research collaboration between South Korea and Sweden – The Swedish Research Council

This call makes it possible for researchers in Sweden to collaborate with researchers in South Korea on questions relating to COVID-19.

Closing date: 25 August 2020

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SSMF’s post-doctoral grants in medical science – The Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF)

SSMF announces a three-year grant for post-doctoral studies in medical science from autumn 2020. The aim is to provide younger researchers with the opportunity to achieve qualifications leading to the establishment of independent research. Applications may be submitted for a grant for full-time or half-time studies. Half-time grants are intended for applicants whose ordinary posts involve clinical practice.

Closing date: 15 November 2020

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SSF Adjunct Professor “A-Pro”, 2020 – The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research has allocated SEK 15 million for about 10 grants in an Adjunct Professorship program. This Call is directed to highly-qualified individuals employed by Swedish industry, government agency or health care provider who seeks appointment as adjunct professor at a Swedish Higher Education Institution (HEI) for a period of three to six years to an extent of at least 20 percent. During the exchange period the Adjunct Professor shall conduct strategic research that meets the Foundations’ purpose.

Closing date: 27 November 2020

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European calls

NEW EU COVID-19 CALL: 2nd special call for Expressions of Interest (EoI)

“Innovative and rapid health-related approaches to respond to COVID-19 and to deliver quick results for society for a higher level of preparedness of health systems”

Digital info event 20 May 2020 14.00-16.30, Agenda (PDF)

The call is opening today (19 May 2020) and all information will be published on the ERA Corona platform.

Call topics (with links to the calls that have opened so far):

• Repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment

• Medical technologies, Digital tools and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics to improve surveillance and care at high Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

• Behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak response

• Pan-European COVID-19 cohort(s)

• Networking of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to COVID-19

Do not miss the possibility to find potential collaborators through the Crowdhelix network digital meeting-spot for COVID-19 researchers.


ERC Advanced Grants 2020 - European Research Council, EU 

These support ground-breaking, high-risk projects carried out by an established, leading principal investigator in any field of research. Applicants are expected to be active researchers who have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years, and should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Each grant is worth up to €2.5m, over five years. An additional €1m may be requested.

Closing date:  26 August 2020.

Please contact Grants Office if you are interested in applying:


Short deadline: Special Call for Research Proposals on COVID-19 in RMDs

Patients with Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) may be at particular risk for COVID-19 as they show an intrinsically higher risk for infections. In addition, many of the treatments used for RMDs, such as glucocorticoids or disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs have the potential to increase infection risk. Therefore, a better mechanistic understanding and clinical knowledge on the impact of COVID-19 in RMD patients is urgently needed.

Closing date: 7 Jun 2020

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EFDS/Lilly European diabetes research programme - European Association for the Study of Diabetes

The European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes and Lilly invite applications for their European diabetes research programme. This supports research in the area of basic and clinical diabetes. Studies forming part of a larger project may also be considered.

Closing date: 1 Sept 2020

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Coming soon: L'Oreal-UNESCO awards for women in science Sweden - Young Academy of Sweden

The L'Oreal Foundation, in partnership with the Young Academy of Sweden and The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, invites applications for their award for women in science in Sweden. These aim to encourage the participation of women in science and sustainable development by recognising female scientists in the fields of life sciences, including medicine, physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. Female researchers employed by a HEI or a research institute in Sweden who have earned their PhD degree up to four years ago may apply.

Closing date: 27 Sept 2020

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Starting grants - Frick Foundation for ALS Research

The Frick Foundation for ALS Research invites applications for its starting grants. These support basic biomedical research related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Applicants may be researchers of any nationality with five years of postdoctoral experience and potential to be a research leader. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation.

Closing date: 30 Sept 2020

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US calls

Federal Funding agencies

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Data Driven Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R21): NIH

National Library of Medicine (NLM) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for innovative high-risk/high impact research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in relation to NLM’s strategic goal of fostering data driven research.

Research Objectives

In order to rapidly improve our understanding of the infection of SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19, NLM is encouraging the submission of R21 applications to address the following research areas of interest:

  • Methods for mining clinical data that can be used to identify or predict presence of COVID-19 in biomedical phenotype data, or other relevant topics such as discovery of risks for infection by SARS-Cov-2 viruses, use of standard terminologies for these viruses in federated health data sets
  • Public health surveillance methods that mines genomic, viromic, health data, environmental data and/or data from other pertinent sources such as social media, to identify spread and impact of SARS-Cov-2

Applications are expected to focus on informatics and data science methods to help address the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner. Applications that are not responsive will be withdrawn without review.

Deadline: June 16, 2020.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PA-19-053

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HIV Infection of the Central Nervous System (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): NIH

The goals of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are to stimulate further research on delineating the pathophysiology of HIV-1 associated CNS disease in the setting of chronic viral suppression and ART. In addition, FOA also encourages research studies to aid in the identification/ validation of biomarkers and pre-clinical targets with quantifiable readouts in domestic and international settings. Multidisciplinary research teams and collaborative alliances are encouraged but not required.

Deadlines: The first AIDS application due date for this FOA is September 7, 2020. Standard AIDS dates apply until May 8, 2023. All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PA-20-149

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Eradication of HIV-1 from Central Nervous system Reservoirs (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): NIH

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites research grant applications studying mechanisms of HIV-1 persistence and eradication strategies specifically focused on the central nervous system (CNS) in the context of viral suppression. Basic and translational research in domestic and international settings are of interest. Multidisciplinary research teams and collaborative alliances are encouraged but not required.

Deadlines: The first AIDS application due date for this FOA is September 7, 2020. Standard AIDS dates apply until May 8, 2023. All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): PA-20-151

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COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses research award,

American Lung Association, US
The Lung Association is interested in applications that address the following types of clinical, basic, translational, and population health questions:

  • A new understanding of the basic biology of respiratory viruses that could lead to better treatment and prevention
  • Development of novel therapeutics and vaccines
  • Understanding host factors that alter response to these infections
  • Understanding individual, regional, or social factors increasing or decreasing community spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses
  • Case tracking and epidemiological approaches to understanding COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses

Budget: $100k for up to two years

Deadline: 30th of May 2020.

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Coronavirus Urgent Response Initiative, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, US

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation invites applications for funding under its COVID-19 urgent response initiative. This supports innovative solutions that address time-critical social problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Solutions should be fully scalable, lead to lasting change and be deployable within 30 days.

Grants are generally worth between USD 50,000 and USD 100,000 each to cover up to 25 per cent of eligible project costs. Between 8 and 10 grants are expected to be available.

Deadline: No deadline.

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Irvington postdoctoral fellowships, Cancer Research Institute, US

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides critical financial support and continued career training to the most promising young scientists in basic and tumor immunology as part of our lifesaving work in cancer immunotherapy research.

Fellows receive up to $175,500 over three years to cover the cost of salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

Deadline: October 1, 2020.

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