New information related to COVID-19 research

Fast Grants for COVID-19 research

As from 7 April 2020, any PI at a University of any country can apply for a Fast Grant between  10.000 and 500.000 USD. Decisions are made in under 48 hours. If the grant is approved, you will receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.
As only 15% overhead is allowed, please inform our EU-office about your application (contact:

Fast Grants is an initiative from the George Mason University in the USA and Emergent Ventures.
Apply now through a short procedure in Google Forms:

Use of the Flemish Supercomputer

FWO has launched a special project call for requesting compute resources on the VSC HPC infrastructure (Tier-1 or Tier-2) for research related to the COVID-19 epidemic.
More information is available via
Feel free to contact in case of questions related to this.

Funding for research on relation between COVID-19 and Cancer

Funder: Kom op tegen kanker
Scope: biomedical research on urgent scientific questions on the interaction between COVID-19 and cancer.
Budget: maximum of €50.000 for 6 months projects
Deadline: 20 April 2020 - 12:00
Results by 4 May 2020
Submission portal:

European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform

On 26 March 2020, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel stated that “Europe stands ready to set up an international online pledging event to ensure adequate funding to develop and deploy a vaccine against COVID-19."

The purpose of this first ERAvsCorona Action Plan is to identify first priority R&I work streams for coordinated action between the Commission services and the Member States taking action against the Corona virus that can be executed in the next weeks.

News from ERC on Coronavirus research

AI app collects the sounds of COVID-19 to develop algorithms for disease detection
Frontier research at the service of the coronavirus epidemic response
Interview – Coronavirus: What’s beyond the science frontier
List of ERC-funded research projects related to coronavirus

Impact of Corona pandemic on all research activities

  1. [NEW] Tips on how to document the impact of the pandemic on your research activities:
  2. Measures of the Doctoral Schools:
  3. Other resources, tips, and messages for researchers:

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