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The past weeks have seen a signficant increase in collaboration activities among the European scientific community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many European institutions have signed the Wellcome Trust’s Statement on Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies, agreeing to make all relevant COVID-19 research available in open access, make research findings accessible before peer review, distribute interim and final research data on the outbreak, so as to share them with the World Health Organisation.
The European Open Science Cloud is an ideal tool to respond to public emergencies such as the COVID-19 virus. The EOSCsecretariat.eu responded to this urgent international challenge by introducing a fast-track procedure to apply for co-creation funding, specifically dedicated to activities related to COVID-19.
Activities and actions that deploy open science methods and resources, and make use of the EOSC communities in order to address issues related to COVID-19, such as the following:
Applications will be evaluated according to Horizon 2020 criteria, by a specially established evaluation team which will work in coordination with the EOSC Secretariat Steering Group.