Catalonia promotes COVID-19 research. The Government of Catalonia has funded a total of 32 coronavirus research projects with $8.4 million (€7.1 million).
The Departament d’Empresa i Coneixement, through the Secretaria Universitats i Recerca, has resolved the Pandemics 2020 call. The Government launched in autumn 2020 this line of grants to analyze the impact of COVID-19 and the concept of the pandemic in general to the Catalan society in order to contribute to propose measures, models, and lines of action to help overcome the consequences of the coronavirus and to design new models of prevention, analysis, and treatment.
The call has registered a total of 185 project proposals involving 3,162 researchers, 2,787 of whom are PhDs. These applications have involved up to 652 consolidated research groups from Catalan universities and research centers, 37% of the total.
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The Pandemics 2020 call has registered a total of 185 project proposals
A total of 32 projects have been selected to be developed within a maximum period of 18 months. The area of health and wellbeing accounted for the majority of the projects selected, with fifteen, 47% of the total. The area of reactive and knowledge economy has had six projects benefited, inclusive, innovative and reflective societies with five, sustainability and urbanism with 4 and digital and industrial transformation, two.
The areas with the highest number of projects approved are those of anticipation and rapid response mechanisms for the health system and the preparation of society for a situation such as the one it is experiencing with Covid-19. Projects have also been financed in the areas of wellbeing and mental health, prevention, detection and monitoring of pandemics in fecal waters and technological preparation of the health system, among others.
The area of health and welfare concentrates most of the projects funded
“The Pandemics 2020 grants that we now resolve are born from the commitment of the Govern with research, since research has a key role to adequately respond to the immense health, economic and social challenge that COVID-19 has opened for us,” explained Ramon Tremosa, Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge.
A total of 26 projects have been proposed by universities, while six have been led by Cerca research centers. Of these, nine funded projects are headed by women researchers, while 23 are headed by men.
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