Call for proposals COVID-19 Programme (‘second wave’) open for project ideas

1 May 2020

The call for proposals for two focus areas within the COVID-19 Programme has now been published. Research groups can submit proposals for research aimed at the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken against it. In view of the need to act urgently, the deadline has been set at 14 May 2020.

Three focus areas

The programme has three focus areas:

  1. Predictive diagnostics and treatment
  2. Care and prevention
  3. Societal dynamics

The call for proposals concerns the first two focus areas.

Focus area 1: Predictive diagnostics and treatment

Research in this focus area concerns the (further) development of (predictive) diagnostics for individualised treatment and for the prevention of COVID-19-related symptoms in the early, acute and recovery phases. It concerns research that is urgently needed into new or existing therapies and their modes of action, and on obtaining insight into, amongst other things, the microbiome, immunity, predictive parameters and individualised treatment.

The focus area has four themes:

  1. Treatment
  2. Diagnostics of infection
  3. Risk analysis and prognostics
  4. Virus, immunity, immune response and pathogenesis

Focus area 2: Care and prevention

The emphasis within this focus area lies on obtaining insights and lessons learned that contribute to an improved, substantiated response towards the current pandemic, and the safeguarding of these improved approaches and processes in the care system of the future. Various types of research are possible: evaluation pathways, action research, effect studies, facilitation pathways, efficacy research in the case of postponement of treatment/avoidance of care, organisation of care issues, development of epidemiological models, and inventories.

To achieve this, collaboration between research groups, disciplines and relevant stakeholders is the starting point for obtaining these insights in an efficient manner and for realising an adequate preparation for a future pandemic.

The focus area has three themes:

  1. Organisation of care and prevention
  2. Care and prevention for vulnerable citizens
  3. Transmission and epidemiology

Focus area 3 and policy and professional practice boosts

The call for proposals for focus area 3 Societal dynamics and the funding instrument policy and professional practice boosts will be published on 6 May 2020. Therefore keep an eye on the ZonMw grant calendar.

Planning

The following timetable applies to the funding round for focus areas 1 and 2:

  • Deadline submission project idea: 14 May 2020, 14.00 hours
  • Receipt advice selection committee: Around 5 June 2020
  • Deadline submission full proposals: 15 June 2020, 14.00 hours
  • Receipt comments from referees: 22 June 2020
  • Deadline submission rebuttal: 24 June 2020, 12.00 hours
  • Decision: Around 9 July 2020
  • Latest starting date: 30 July 2020

The English version of the call for proposals will be published on the ZonMw website shortly.

View the call for proposals


More information

Please keep an eye on the regularly updated page about research into COVID-19 on the ZonMw website.


Source: ZonMw

Contact

ZonMw COVID-19 Team ZonMw COVID-19 Team +31 (0)70 5150313 COVID19@zonmw.nl