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Call for Proposals: COVID-19 Programme (‘Second Wave’) – The Netherlands

Call for Proposals: COVID-19 Programme (‘Second Wave’) – The Netherlands

Deadline: 14 May 2020

Commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) and together with the The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) calls ZonMw through the program COVID-19 second wave researchers to come up with proposals for research focused on the effects of and measures against the corona pandemic.

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The program has three central objectives:

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Contribute to fighting the corona pandemic and preventing or reducing it negative effects of the measures. For example: helping people who have become ill, support vulnerable members of society who have been affected by measures and displacement effect of other healthcare needs.
Generate new knowledge about combating epidemics and pandemics; generate knowledge about diagnosis, treatment, recovery and prevention of COVID-19 and related diseases; and logistics and supply lines of required materials and equipment, data collection / analysis, modeling and technical possibilities to monitor and predict the development of the pandemic
Generate knowledge about the (global) social dynamics during and after this and similar, major health crises and measures to address them. This one social dynamics are not limited to Dutch borders. Worldwide will the effects of measures against the spread of the virus far outweigh those of the virus itself.
Focus Areas

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

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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:
Diagnostics of infection
Risk analysis and prognostics
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:
Organisation of care and prevention
Care and prevention for vulnerable citizens
Transmission and epidemiology
Funding Information

A maximum of € 15,000,000 is available for this subsidy round, of which € 8,500,000 for focus area 1 and € 6,500,000 for focus area 2.
A maximum of € 500,000 is available per project.
The intended maximum duration of the projects is 24 months.

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The research must be able to start within a few weeks after the grant has been awarded and must be feasible in the current situation. There are requirements with regard to open science, FAIR data and open access publishing.

Eligibility Criteria

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University medical centers established in the Netherlands, non-academic hospitals, universities, colleges, practitioners, care organizations, research institutes, consultancies, umbrella organizations, professional organizations, patient organizations.
Applicants are encouraged to seek cooperation with relevant stakeholders and target groups where necessary and possible.
For more information, visit https://www.nwo.nl/en/news-and-events/news/2020/05/call-for-proposals-covid-19-programme-second-wave-open-for-project-ideas.html

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