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To support research projects that develop technologies to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19), Finep, a public company linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, and the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp) launched, this week, a joint public call in the amount of R $ 20 million, 50% from each institution.
Interested parties must register by April 6. According to the notice, micro-companies, small and small companies, Brazilian, based in the state of São Paulo, established and active, may present proposals, at least twelve months before the launch of the notice. Each applicant must nominate a responsible researcher to dedicate 30 hours a week to the project.
The selected proposals will go through the following stages: qualification, analysis by assessors and consultants, analysis of the opinions of each assessor by the coordinators of Fapesp, analysis by the Department of Technology and Inputs of the Health Department and finally by the approval of the board of the agency.
The two institutions are especially looking for research that contributes to the development of sensitive, specific, rapid and cost-effective clinical diagnostic tests for COVID-19; with the development of low-cost portable lung ventilators; the creation of digital solutions to control, monitor and forecast the spread of the virus, among other topics. Read the notice in full.