COVID-19 ('second wave')
Programme

COVID-19 ('second wave')

The world is confronted with a pandemic from the new coronavirus (also called SARS-CoV-2) that can cause the disease COVID-19. This pandemic, and the measures taken in conjunction with this, have a major impact on people and society as well as care, cure and well-being. Since the start of the outbreak, the coronavirus crisis has led to a wide range of challenges for everybody. In the longer term, the pandemic will also have effects that we cannot yet oversee. Knowledge, practical solutions and research are needed to limit the negative consequences of the pandemic and to learn from the negative and positive experiences, both now and in the longer term.

The COVID-19 Programme

The research programme COVID-19 focuses on research aimed at the effects of the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic. There are three focus areas:

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

The programme is being realised by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and NWO on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The programme is being funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and by NWO.

Bottom-up calls for proposals have been published for all three focus areas. A call for proposals COVID-19 Science for professional practice for practice boosts and policy questions has also been published for small projects and studies with a maximum budget of € 25,000. In view of the need to act urgently, the deadline for submitting (bottom-up) project ideas for focus areas 1 and 2 is Thursday 14 May 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST, and for focus area 3 it is Monday 25 May 2020 at 12.00 hours CEST. For COVID-19 Science for professional practice the deadline is Monday 25 May 2020 at 12.00 hours CEST.

Focus area 1 - Predictive diagnostics and treatment

In this focus area, the emphasis is on urgently needed research for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19-related complaints in the early, acute and recovery phases. This concerns research into new or existing therapies and their working mechanisms and obtaining insights into, amongst other things, the microbiome, immunity, predictive parameters and individualised treatment.

This call for proposals has four themes:

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

The deadline for submitting project ideas is 14 May 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST. The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 15 June 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST.


Focus area 2 - Care and prevention

This focus area concerns research aimed at the organisation of care and vulnerable citizens. In addition, there is specific attention for care providers, in the approach for preventing infection and in the (psychosocial) supervision during and after crisis situations in care institutions. The focus lies on both the impact of behaviour and behavioural changes on the spread of the virus, as well as the consequences of the measures for the individual or for specific vulnerable groups.

This call for proposals has three themes:

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

The deadline for submitting project ideas is 14 May 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST. The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 15 June 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST.


Focus area 3 - Societal dynamics

This call for proposa focuses on generating knowledge about the (global) societal dynamics during and after this health crisis. This concerns the effectiveness and impact of measures in response to the coronavirus process as well as the resilience of the society and the economy. The societal dynamics is therefore not limited to within the Netherlands.

It focuses on broad, societal issues in which several scientific disciplines can be involved. With this call for proposals, consortia, research groups and individual researchers are invited to submit ideas for research projects from which knowledge can be generated about the Dutch and worldwide impact of the coronavirus crisis and the measures taken against this. There are three priority themes within this area:

  1. Research into the effectiveness and impact of measures/strategies in response to the coronavirus crisis
  2. Research into the resilience of society
  3. Research into the economic resilience

The deadline for submitting project ideas is 25 May 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST. The deadline for submitting a full proposal is 29 June 2020 at 14.00 hours CEST.


COVID-19 – Science for professional Practice

The call for proposals is intended for brief (action) research realised by collaborations between scientific organisations (researchers) and businesses, public organisations, administrative bodies or (local) governments. The scientific organisation submits the application on behalf of the collaboration. This call for proposals focuses on the three focus areas of the COVID-19 Programme, namely:

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

The deadline for submitting applications is 25 May 2020 at 12.00 hours CEST.


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