On 3 July, DG Research announced that is was making EUR
9 million available for specific research proposals on severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) (1). This special call for proposals follows the extraordinary
Council of Ministers meeting on 6 May that encouraged the Commission to take
action in this area (2).
The special call covers amongst others, surveillance and control, research
capacity and scientific support and advice, molecular epidemiology of SARS,
clinical manifestations including disease transmission, infection control
procedures, complementary support in the areas of testing, interventions
and vaccines, risk assessment, management, and communication. It is intended
that the initiative should pave the way for the establishment of a European
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The research envisaged under this call could also be of value in tackling
new or emerging disease situations. Involvement in these projects by partners
from affected areas, such as the People's Republic of China, will be important,
in particular concerning work related to longer term follow up of recovered
SARS cases and to the issue of environmental reservoirs and origin.
The deadline for proposals is 17:00 (Brussels local time) on 30 September
The tasks that SARS-related proposals should address are specified in a
document that amends the policy oriented research work programme. The work
programme and accompanying documents can be downloaded at http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=84
(or click here
for specific amendment to work programme).