National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Basic research on the traceability, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of 2019-nCoV

The NSFC has launched this programme in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak by supporting approximately 20 research projects on related scientific issues such as etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and disease prevention and treatment.


  • Novel coronavirus structures, functions, key targets of infection and action mechanisms, and differential studies on various coronaviruses
  • Novel coronavirus traceability, variation and evolution, and new technologies and new understanding of Koch’ Postulates
  • Population susceptibility and transmission characteristics of novel coronavirus
  • Novel coronavirus infections outbreak, progression and outcome mechanisms, as well as basic research on critical care of severe cases, prevention and control of hospital infections
  • Basic research on emergency vaccines and universal vaccines of coronavirus

Full request for proposal

  • Call budget: ¥1.5 million per project
  • Call opens: January 22, 2020
  • Application deadline: February 06, 2020
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The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 874667.