Co-ordinating action and funding to fight COVID-19
FIRST “ERAvsCORONA” ACTION PLAN
Short-term coordinated Research & Innovation actions
"Europe stands ready to set up an international online pledging event to ensure adequate funding to develop and deploy a vaccine against COVID-19."
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Charles Michel, President of the European Council
EU leaders are committed to do everything possible to support research, to coordinate efforts and seek synergies within the European scientific and research community to fight the COVID-19 crisis. As part of this the is an urgent need to share scientific information and to collaborate both within the EU and worldwide. To support this, they committed to increase and accelerate support to European research teams and companies. Coordination is also an important prerequisite for stepping up global cooperation, which is essential to tackle corona related issues.
During an informal videoconference of 7 April 2020, Ministers responsible for research and innovation supported the first 10 priority actions of the first ERAvsCorona Action Plan. It sets out key, short-term, measures the Commission and the Member States are activating now to coordinate, share and jointly increase support for research & innovation.
10 priority actions for coordinated research and innovation actions:
1. Coordination of R&I funding against the Coronavirus
2. Extending and supporting large EU wide clinical trials for clinical management of Coronavirus patients
3. New funding for innovative and rapid health-related approaches to respond to coronavirus and deliver quick results
4. Increasing support to innovative companies
This action aims at increasing support to the recently closed Horizon 2020 European Innovation Council pilot Accelerator using the opportunity of the bottom-up call where more than 1,000 coronavirus related applications have been received (out of a global number of around 4,000) to support the best applications relating to the coronavirus.
It also aims at increasing support to research & innovation financial instruments addressing coronavirus related issues. This would assist with the increasing demand of financial support notably for rapid vaccines development and deployment / upscaling of good manufacturing practice production facilities of EU enterprises.
It also includes establishing a Coronavirus European Innovation Council Platform for matchmaking services with dedicated groups and matchmaking services for start-ups and SMEs to exchange ideas on coronavirus innovations and connect with investors, public procurers, corporations and others.
5. Creating opportunities for other funding sources to contribute to R&I actions on Coronavirus
6. Establish a one-stop shop for Coronavirus R&I funding
7. Establish an ad-hoc High Level R&I Task Force on the Coronavirus
8. Access to Research Infrastructures
9. Research data sharing platform
10. Pan-EU Hackathon to mobilise European innovators and civil society
The Commission have given patronage to a pan-European Hackathon (#EUvsVirus) which will be organised through a coalition with the organisers of the hackathons held in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
This Hackathon is expected to shorten the time to deployment of innovative solutions developed by start-ups and policy makers since innovators will be able to leverage the work already done by other innovators in Europe instead of starting from scratch or redoing the work done already by other innovators. It is also expected to provide information to hospitals and public administrations on the existing innovative solutions in other Member States. The planned date for the Hackathon is 24-26 April 2020.