COVID-19 Emergency Call for Proposals: Collaborative and Knowledge-building Projects for the Fight Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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You can call the Research Council of Norway help desk +47 22 03 72 00 if you need help with filling out and submitting the application. The help desk will be open on Friday 27.3 between 11.00- 14.00, Monday 30.3 between kl 09-14, and Thursday 31.3 between 08.00-13.00

New information regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Call

On top of the amount of funding available for the call for proposals (NOK 30 mill), additional NOK 20 mill from the development aid budget will be made available for project proposals within the thematic area that addresses and have direct relevance for low income countries as defined in the OECD DAC list.

We are furthermore exploring other opportunities to increase the financial amount available for this call. This includes dialogs with the Ministries as well as other financing organizations

In order to be eligible to apply to this call for proposals, you must have submitted a project outline to the deadline 16 march 2020. You will find a list of the research organisations who are eligible to apply here

You can find the call for project outlines here (the call is completed and we wil not accept new project outlines).

Please note that the project description can be a maximum of 11 pages. The template previously said not to exceed 10 pages, but this has now been changed.


On 31 December 2019, the local authorities of Wuhan (China), reported a cluster of pneumonia cases which turned out to be caused by a novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). By March 2020 the virus has already spread in over 80 countries outside China. On 30 January 2020 the WHO declared the recent COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

With this call for proposals we wish to contribute to the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our aim is to support research that will enable us to understand and contain the new COVID-19, as well as to improve efficient patient management and public health (national and international) preparedness and response to the current and analogous outbreaks that may come in the future.

Important dates

12 Mar 2020

Date call is made active

31 Mar 2020

Application submission deadline

01 Jul 2020

Latest permitted project start

30 Jun 2022

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates

About the results of the application assessment process

Total amount sought
NOK 339 000 000
Amount awarded
NOK 130 000 000
Total number of applications
Number of approved applications

Approved applications