FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in collaboration with the Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation (AICIB) has just opened a special funding, “RESEARCH 4 COVID-19”, to R&D projects and initiatives that respond to the needs of the National Health Service (SNS) as a response to this and future pandemics.
Taking into account the current outbreak of the new coronavirus and COVID-19 and the situation of increasing uncertainty and social alarm in which we live, there will be two application periods, as follows:
• 1st application period: until 5th April 2020, at 17:00 (Lisbon time);
• The 2nd application period will be determined according to the evolution of the situation, expectedly one month after the completion of the first application period.
R&D proposals within the scope of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and Covid-19 disease are accepted, including new prevention tools, therapeutic development, diagnostic techniques, clinical and epidemiological studies, as well as projects with a socio-cultural component and actions promoting a resilient society with the capacity to face the context of uncertainty in which we live, especially in the older population and in groups at higher risk;
Bearing in mind the urgency, projects of rapid implementation (maximum 3 months of development) will be supported. The maximum funding limit for each project is 30 thousand euros, mainly to complement ongoing initiatives and to reorient existing teams.