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GO news extra, March 18, 2020 - updated information regarding calls, due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19, we have updated information, regarding our calls.

Swedish and Nordic news

The Swedish Research Council (VR)

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Swedish Research Council is extending the application deadline for ten calls that were due to close on 31 March. The new deadline is 7 April 2020. Please check their website regularly for updates.

The calls covered by the extension are:

•Exploratory workshop grant in educational sciences

•Starting grant within natural and engineering sciences

•International postdoc grant within development research

•Project grant within educational sciences

•Research environment grant within humanities and social sciences

•Network grant within educational sciences

•Project grant within natural and engineering sciences

•Project grant within development research

•Network grant Swedish Research Links

•Project grant for digitisation and accessibility of cultural heritage collections


For the moment, the Forte does not anticipate any delays with upcoming evaluations or application deadlines — but be sure to check their website regularly for updates.

If you have an ongoing project that may be delayed due to COVID-19, you can submit a request for extended project duration in Prisma, according to Fortes normal procedures. N.B. You should not do this until the extent of the delay is known, i.e. later this year.


Formas expects that the calls for proposals will be carried out as planned in 2020. They are currently evaluating the potential impacts of COVID-19 on ongoing projects. Please check their website regularly for updates.

The Wallenberg Foundations

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Wallenberg Foundations are postponing all calls with the last application date April 1, 2020 to April 14, 2020. This also applies Wallenberg Academy Fellow prolongation grants.

In addition, the Wallenberg Foundations will grant an extension of the allocation period for ongoing projects that may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is applied for in a special order and will be assessed individually for each grant. Please check the websites of the Wallenberg Foundations regularly for updates.




European news

European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) is taking steps to minimise the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations. Panel evaluations of proposals are currently being organised remotely, and the ongoing Step 1 evaluations of Starting Grants are expected to be finalised by the end of this week.

For the moment, the ERC does not anticipate any delays with upcoming evaluations or application deadlines — but be sure to check the ERC website regularly for updates.

As for ongoing ERC projects, a spokesperson for the ERC told Research Professional that grantees “can request the agency to extend the period of their grants”, adding: “We are usually flexible as long as we have clear explanation how the project is impacted.”


Call deadline for Horizon 2020 calls postponed until 15th of April

The recent escalation of restrictions related to the COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants’ ability to prepare and finalise high-quality proposals. For this reason, for Horizon 2020 calls with original deadlines between now and 15 April, extensions will be applied. The precise new deadlines for each call and topic will be published on the call and topic pages on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

For the following two calls, no extension of deadline/cutoff date will apply:



In all cases, potential applicants are advised to prepare themselves as necessary, especially by establishing effective communication links for remote collaborative work, also anticipating possible further restrictions in the coming weeks.

Calls with extended deadline are for example: SC1-BHC-06-2020, SC1-BHC-08-2020, SC1-BHC-11-2020, SC1-BHC-17-2020, SC1-BHC-20A-2020, SC1-BHC-20B-2020, SC1-BHC-24-2020, SC1-BHC-29-2020, SC1-BHC-33-2020, SC1-BHC-34-2020, SC1-BHC-35-2020, SC1-BHC-36-2020, SC1-BHC-37-2020, SC1-DTH-12-2020, SC1-DTH-13-2020, SC1-HCC-10-2020, SC1-HCO-01-2018-2019-2020, SC1-HCO-03-2020, SC1-HCO-07-2020, SC1-HCO-14-2020, SC1-HCO-16-2020, SC1-HCO-17-2020, SC1-HCO-18-2020, SC1-HCO-19-2020, SC1-HCO-20-2020, INFRAIA-02-2020, INFRAIA-03-2020

IMPORTANT: Check the precise deadline for each call and topic on the call and topic pages on the Funding and Tenders Portal.


“Force majeure” in the Horizon 2020 grant agreement - in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak

Article 51 of the H2020 MGA sets out the conditions in which the force majeure clause can be used. ‘Force majeure’ relates to an extraordinary and unforeseeable event or situation that is beyond the beneficiaries control and that prevents them from fulfilling their obligations under the action.

If such a situation occurs, beneficiaries must immediately inform the Commission/Agency/Funding Body, which will examine on a case-by-case basis the possible application of the rules on force majeure. Moreover, beneficiaries must immediately take all the necessary steps to limit any damage due to force majeure (e.g. try to cancel the flight ticket, claim the reimbursement from the cancellation insurance (if applicable)).

Can the clause on “force majeure” in the Horizon 2020 grant agreement be invoked in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak?

Research support for ongoing EU-, US- and Sida-projects


Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions:

The Commission understands that the consequences caused by the Corona virus will impact MSCA project implementation and mobility, and responds with flexibility. For ongoing MSCA projects the Commission has sent out information to the Coordinators on the possibility to invoke Force Majeure clauses, for which the Commission will assess the situation case-by-case. Coordinators should inform the Project Officers on the measures taken by the universities in order to receive support.

Open call: MSCA-RISE-2020 (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) has an unchanged deadline April 28th until further notice

Upcoming Call: MSCA-IF-2020 (Individual Fellowships) opens April 8th with deadline September 9th, 2020.

Please note that the MSCA-IF Information Seminars at KI are replaced by a Webinar, please register here

US News

2020 March Coronavirus Extra NEWS

US Funding

NIH: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding: READ MORE

NIH: Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Affected by COVID-19 and FAQs: READ MORE

Gates Foundation: COVID-19 Updates: READ MORE