The European Commission launched the new European Research Area (ERA) corona platform. The platform provides useful information, dedicated support and real-time updates on funding opportunities for coronavirus related research and innovation.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the scientific community is facing unprecedented challenges in the search for solutions against coronavirus. Good coordination and quick mobilisation of funds are essential to help our researchers and innovators meet those challenges. Therefore, the European Commission has launched the ERA corona platform, a one-stop shop for information for current and prospective beneficiaries of the R&I Programmes.
The ERA corona platform brings together information on funded and ongoing projects, updated information on the extension of H2020 call deadlines and links to tailored Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for calls and grants affected by the coronavirus.
Part of a larger coordination effort between the EU and European countries, the platform maintains a dedicated section for national activities, including funding opportunities, initiatives and projects in the Member States and other European countries.
The ERA corona platform is accessible via the Funding & Tenders Portal.
The ERA corona platform is one of the 10 priority actions of the first ERAvsCorona action plan. Building on the overall objectives and the tools of the European Research Area (ERA), the action plan is a working document developed by Commission services and national administrations. It covers short-term actions based on close coordination, cooperation, data sharing and joint funding efforts. Previously implemented actions include:
A European COVID-19 Data Platfrom, enabling scientists and healthcare providers worldwide to share, reuse and analyse research data and specialist datasets;
A pan-European EUvsVirus Hackathon, yielding 117 winning solutions in the fight against coronavirus;
A special COVID-19 Seal of Excellence to help excellent proposals that did not receive funding from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot call to find alternative funding.
To strengthen global coordination, the EU, together with several partners, kicked off the Global Response pledging event on 4 May. During the first day, the Commission registered €7.4 billion in pledges from donors worldwide, including €1 billion from Horizon 2020, EU’s research and innovation programme, to ensure collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus.