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Published: 2020-01-31 11:17 | Updated: 2020-01-31 14:52

NEW EU CALL - Coronavirus - Short deadline

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Commission has launched a request for expressions of interest entitled “SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020: Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the 2019-nCoV epidemic”, with a budget of €10 million.

The funds for this action are drawn from the budget line for the "Mobilisation of research funds in case of public health emergencies" in the SC1 work programme 2020, which foresees that "in case of a public health emergency, research grants may be awarded in line with specific provisions that allow the awarding of grants without call for proposals in exceptional and duly substantiated emergencies". Furthermore, the grants will be subject to rapid data sharing clauses to ensure that research findings immediately inform the public health response.

  • The deadline is 12 February 2020.
  • The thresholds for each criterion will be 3 (Excellence), 4 (Impact) and 3 (Implementation). The cumulative threshold will be 11.
  • Funding per proposal is expected to be around €2 to 3 million.
  • Beneficiaries must make their research data available; therefore the relevant option of Article 29.3 of the model Grand Agreement will be applied.

Considering that this is a newly identified virus, the scope of this expression of interest remains broad and may include topics such as:

  • Development of therapeutics, including monoclonal antibodies. As relevant, evidence of regulatory and ethics approvals for the investigational products included in the study(ies) must be presented.
  • Development of point of care diagnostics, ensuring rapid evaluation of candidates based on existing technologies, to allow for fast case detection and surveillance.
  • Clinical and epidemiological studies, to provide data on epidemiological characteristics such as viral genotype and pathogenicity; clinical information on host susceptibility and host immune responses; risk factors for severe disease; routes of transmission and their relative importance; identification of the animal reservoir; etc.
  • Social sciences research, to provide urgently needed answers to social dynamics of the outbreak and the related public health response.

SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020: Advancing knowledge for the clinical and public health response to the 2019-nCoV epidemic