26 March 2020

Four UCPH Projects Receive Government Grants for Corona Research


The government has allocated DKK 50 million to conduct research into coronavirus in order to quickly obtain new knowledge and solutions in the fight against COVID-19. Four research projects from the University of Copenhagen have been selected and will receive funding from the government.

Last week, the Danish government decided to earmark DKK 50 million for coronavirus research after the infection has come to Europe and now is spreading in the Danish society.

Minister for Higher Education and Research Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen and Minister for Health Magnus Heunicke have selected nine research projects that will each be receiving between DKK 970,000 and 13 million. University of Copenhagen researchers are represented in four of the projects.

‘We have some of the world's leading researchers in Denmark, and I am impressed with the commitment in the fight against coronavirus. I have high hopes that the researchers can come up with results that can benefit patients and help us to utilise the capacity in our healthcare system in the best possible way’, says Minister for Higher Education and Research Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen in a press release from the Ministry.

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education has received 31 applications from research projects, of which, as mentioned, nine will be receiving support.

‘I hope that the projects will soon provide us with valuable research results that can help us to cope with some of the challenges we are facing with COVID-19. The epidemic can put our healthcare system, the staff and all of us in an exceptionally difficult situation, so we must act now. The projects have great potential for, among other things, advancing a better treatment of the patients and strengthening the healthcare system's ability to cope with the stress which the epidemic has created at the hospitals. I look forward to following the researchers’ work’, says Minister for Health Magnus Heunicke in the press release.

Read more about the four UCPH projects below: