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Eurosurveillance, Volume 7, Issue 28, 10 July 2003

Citation style for this article: SARS related research: EU DG Research issues specific call. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(28):pii=2257. Available online:

SARS related research: EU DG Research issues specific call

Editorial team (, Eurosurveillance editorial team.

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 2003.

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 (or click here for specific amendment to work programme).

References :
  1. Call for proposals for indirect RTD actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration: 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area'. Official Journal of the European Union 2003; C155/9. 3 July 2003 (
  2. European Commission. Commission to invest EUR 9 million into research for SARS prevention. Press release IP/03/940, 3 July 2003. (|0|RAPID&lg=EN)

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