Launched through an open call for proposals, this first phase of the program contains 67 projects within nine research areas, studying COVID-19 at the molecular, cellular, patient, population and environmental level.
To enable synergies, the projects are connected to each other, leverage the SciLifeLab infrastructure, and contribute to open data as well as the national COVID-19 data portal. The projects are funded with a total of 50 MSEK from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. In addition, the SciLifeLab board decided to allocate 12 MSEK of national SciLifeLab funding, for coordinating the program and connecting it with the SciLifeLab infrastructure. A program-specific call was launched in June 2020 for this purpose.
Each research area was appointed a scientific lead, and a coordinator, who promote collaboration and data sharing within the area, and help to form links within the entire program, and to SciLifeLab’s infrastructure, data management support and the COVID-19 program management.
In March 2020, SciLifeLab launched a national call for researchers nationwide, to create a comprehensive program to combat the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 285 proposals were submitted, with applicants ranging from several Swedish universities and hospitals, and other organizations both in Sweden and abroad. The SciLifeLab management group and experts in the field reviewed all proposals and approved 67 for funding.
The projects was funded with a total of 50 MSEK from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Furthermore, the SciLifeLab board allocated 12 MSEK for coordination of the program and connecting it with the SciLifeLab infrastructure, to further strengthen the effects of the initiative.
Besides scientific impact, the evaluation criteria considered were relevance and impact on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities created by the SciLifeLab community, possibility to form synergies and collaborations, commitment to open data and real-time updates of progress.
Proportions of each research area.
To further promote a strong and collaborative research environment within the COVID-19 program, and ensure that the participants have the resources required to conduct their COVID-19 related research at full speed, a program-specific call was launched in June 2020. The focus of the call was infrastructure needs, and conditions that need to be met in order to form capabilities between research areas and SciLifeLab units.
The call mainly addressed the most urgent and critical needs, to get the projects up-and-running. Need inventories were formulated by scientific leads, coordinators and PIs representing five of the nine research areas, and after a review by the program management and SciLifeLab Infrastructure Director, national funding was decided to support the following needs:
The funding amounted to a total of 4,4 MSEK, of which 1 MSEK was allocated to data management support for the program.
A second call, focused on more long-term infrastructure needs and possible new capabilities, was launched in August, allowing more time for discussions of solutions and possibilities between research areas and SciLifeLab platforms and collaborators. 6.4 MSEK national funding was decided to support:
This document describes the background of SciLifeLab:s national COVID-19 program. It outlines program milestones, sets the framework for how the research program is structured and how it operates, through connections to the infrastructure, Data Centre and other SciLifeLab functions. Follow-up reports will describe the results of the program.
Funding through the SciLifeLab and KAW National COVID-19 Research Program should be acknowledged as This study was supported by grants to Science for Life Laboratory from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (2020.0182).
Project financial reporting
Please find below the deadlines for sending the financial reports and requisition regarding KAW-grants for COVID-19 to Isabel Tengkrans, KTH. More information on the requisition process will be sent by email before deadline.
All costs regarding 2020 must be submitted by email by 31st of January 2021.
All costs regarding 2021 must be submitted by email by 31st of January 2022.
Please note that costs that have not been reported by the second, final deadline for this project, cannot be reimbursed.