EC allocates €128m for new research projects to deal with pandemic

The funding is under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

The European Commission announced on Tuesday it will support 23 new research projects with €128m in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission's €1.4bn pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020, the Commission's Press service reported.

The 23 projects shortlisted for funding involve 347 research teams from 40 countries, including 34 participants from 16 countries outside of the EU. The funding will enable researchers to address the pandemic and its consequences by strengthening the industrial capacity to manufacture and deploy readily available solutions, develop medical technologies and digital tools, improve understanding of behavioural and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, and to learn from large groups of patients (cohorts) across Europe. These research actions complement earlier efforts to develop diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

“Emergency funding from Horizon 2020 will enable researchers to rapidly develop solutions with and for patients, care workers, hospitals, local communities and companies”, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said. “The results will help them to better cope with and survive coronavirus infections. It's encouraging to see the research community mobilise so rapidly and strongly,” she added.

"The excellent response to this call shows the wealth of new ideas to tackle coronavirus, including new digital health solutions”, Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, pointed out.

The Commission is currently negotiating grant agreements with the selected beneficiaries.

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