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University of Basel

19 May 2020

Around CHF 15 million for Covid-19 research

Visualisation of the Covid-19 virus. (Image: Fusion Medical Animation/Unsplash)
Visualisation of the Covid-19 virus. (Image: Fusion Medical Animation/Unsplash)

The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) is supporting 11 research projects on Covid-19. Within the framework of the “Fast Track Call for Acute Global Health Challenges” (FTC), Fondation Botnar is financing the projects at the BRCCH's partner institutions with a total of around CHF 15 million over two and a half years.

The objective of the Fast Track Call is to enable research that will help the short-term mitigation of Covid-19-related medical and public health challenges, and contribute to better long-term preparedness and reduced global disease burden. The call for proposals was addressed to researchers from the BRCCH’s partner institutions, namely the University of Basel, the University Hospital Basel, ETH Zurich, the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Of the 73 project proposals submitted, 11 were selected.

Scientists from the partner institutions will conduct the selected projects in collaboration with each other and international partners. They will address pressing issues in three categories: diagnostics for Covid-19 (five projects), the human immune response to SARS-CoV-2 (three projects) and medical interventions and disease management (three projects).

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