Ten research projects focused on COVID-19, funded by the University of Alicante, are already underway
Rafael Muñoz praises researchers' ability to redirect their research to current problems
The projects are contributed by multidisciplinary teams
Alicante, Wednesday 6 May 2020
Ten out of the thirty-four projects that have been submitted to be eligible for UA urgent research project on COVID-19 funded by the University of AlicanteOffice of the Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer have been eligible. As will be recalled, the aim of this funding is to contribute immediately to improving actions relating to the COVID-19 from the different areas of knowledge to help improve the situation of people and economic sectors in the context of the current pandemic. On 1 April, the announcement for this funding was published in accordance with the principles of social need, emergency and effectiveness given the general interest, with a charge of €90,000 from the UA COVID-19 FUND. The proposals received address many aspects including those related to health, economy, technology, nutrition, psychology and sociology. In addition, UA Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Rafael Muñoz Guillena highlights the special features of these projects, made up of multidisciplinary teams where, not only UA researchers participate, but also from other universities and hospitals. This will allow for greater proximity to the problems faced by health professionals in the face of this problem.
“I am very proud of the response and capacity of the UA research groups, which have been able to redirect their research to current problems in record time. This ability to adapt shows the maturity of our research groups, which are leaders both nationally and internationally," Muñoz Guillena said.
Projects worth 2.3 million euros have been submitted for funding. The deadline for the execution of the projects and the presentation period will end on 31 December 2020. The terms and conditions have been published in the Official Journal of the University of Alicante (BOUA).