Enhancing Innovation in the face of the COVID-19 Outbreak
(May 7, 2020)
DG Research and Innovation has played a pivotal role in mobilising, connecting and funding researchers, innovators and healthcare providers across Europe and beyond. The video ‘United against Coronavirus’ shows the latest developments and results of EU research and innovation in the fight against coronavirus.
The EUvsVirus Hackathon Jury identified the best solutions to support European and global in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. In collaboration with private and public partners from Europe and beyond, we are awarding the best teams and solutions per domain as well as a winner and two runner-ups for each of the 37 challenges. Altogether 117 out of 2160 solutions!
The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge (UNDP)
As COVID-19 has shown, challenge and crisis cross borders – impacting everywhere on Earth. However, innovation and ingenuity are not constrained by geography. The COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge is an opportunity to find and apply the best and brightest of humanity, wherever it may be found.
The European Commission, in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges.
short term coordinated Research & Innovation Actions
EU leaders committed to do everything possible to support research, to coordinate efforts and seek synergies within the European scientific and research community. They also underlined that there is an urgent need to share scientific information and to collaborate both within the EU and worldwide. They committed to increase and accelerate support to European research teams and companies in this respect.
More updates on European initiatives in research & innovation can be found here.
EU Standards for Protective Equipment
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, some of the European standards for certain medical devices and personal protective equipment can now be downloaded for free. This includes the 11 standards developed by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and 3 additional ones developed jointly with ISO.
3 April 2020
Change of time Webinar: Opportunities to tackle the COVID-19 Crisis through Innovation Procurement
The European Assistance For Innovation Procurement (eafip) is organizing a one hour webinar to provide guidance to public buyers on how to proceed in the short, middle and long term in procuring the supplies and services required to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.
2 April 2020
Enhancing cooperation on research and innovation in the Mediterranean: E-brainstorming meeting in the context of COVID-19
An e-brainstorming meeting of the UfM (Union for the Mediterranean) Regional Platform on Research and Innovation will be held on 6 April to strengthen regional cooperation in face of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.
25 March 2020
Digital innovation hubs helping public sector and SMEs in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic
Digital Innovation Hubs are used to putting digital technology at work on real problems in the real world. On 25 March they exchanged ideas on how to swiftly help with the consequences of COVID-19 crisis. Read more.