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Grand Challenge: Pandemic Research

Short-term special call

Collecting data on Social Cohesion and Global Health during the Corona Pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 aka the corona pandemic is not only a great challenge from a medical point of view. It presents all societies worldwide with completely new challenges. Pandemic research beyond the field of medicine has not yet been established. The short window of current developments offers the opportunity to obtain data on the individual, social, cultural, economic, political, legal, etc. consequences of a pandemic or the contact and curfew, closures and transformations that followed. This data can help to react more quickly and effectively, and possibly also more socially acceptable, in the event of future epidemics.

In order not to let this unique opportunity pass by, the Berlin University Alliance supports short-term projects from professors and postdoctoral researchers from the institutions of the Berlin University Alliance – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

You can find a complete list of all 12 supported projects here.

The Berlin University Alliance is planning to network the applicants among each other so that the Grand Challenge of a pandemic can be met with united forces. Colleagues who have not submitted a rush application, but would like to be integrated into the networking activities, should contact the scientific coordinators at grand-challenges@berlin-university-alliance.de.

Contact

Dr. Julia Wolanski, Scientific Coordinator Global Health: julia.wolanski@charite.de 

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