The European Commission - emergency call

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.



Call Schedule


15 June 2020


Publish link to expression of interest available on the ESASTAP Website 


16 June 2020 to17 July 2020


Applicants prepare the Expression of Interest in response to the call. 


​17 July 2020


Closing date for the submission of Expression of Interest. 


Further Information regarding this call


No late submissions will be accepted. 
All enquiries should be emailed to [email protected]
Click here to access the application form. Please note that the application form is on page 3.
Please submit the completed form to [email protected]

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