The European Commission (EC) launched the emergency call on 30 January 2020 for research projects that will advance the understanding of the novel coronavirus epidemic, contribute to more efficient clinical management of patients infected with the virus, as well as public health preparedness and response.
Following initial announcement, the EC has selected and will provide funding support to 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) call for Expression of Interests (EoI) and application process
Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is engaging with the EC on possible engagement of South African researchers with the 18 selected projects. In this regard, the DSI is issuing the EoI to explore potential interest from the South African research community in engaging with any of the 18 H2020 projects. The DSI is exploring possible mechanisms of support for the SA participants who may be interested. to engage with the project consortia of the 18 projects.