Covid-19 Call for project applications

The Covid-19 Call for project applications closed on 30th September 2020

For the call for COVID-19 project applications, the Monitoring committee (MC) has agreed to support projects under the following conditions.


The projects should look at ways in which cooperation can effectively help address the multiple challenges posed by this COVID-19 crisis across the NPA programme area. Six themes have been identified, where joint collaborative efforts could be beneficial:

A. Clinical aspects: Comparing the different response measures taken by the respective countries, map the rate of infections and observe differences in comparison to national and local COVID strategies; e.g. in rural vs urban areas

B. Health and well being: The impact of self-isolation on people and their mental health – elderly people and other vulnerable groups who already suffer isolation will be impacted even worse from this situation, but there is a wider effect on the entire population which shall be investigated

C. Technology solutions: What e-health solutions already exist and what should be put in place?  How can technology be brought to those people who need it and/or don’t know how to use it? What are the technologies with the lowest threshold? How can we fast track innovation?

D. Citizen engagement/ Community response:  Small peripheral communities are more self-sufficient, what lessons can they share?

E. Economic impacts: What will be the impact on the public health system now and next year? In what ways have our societies and economies been transformed already? And how will they be transformed in the medium and long term?

F. Emerging themes: project ideas that fit in the rationale of the call, but do not fall within the themes outlined at the time this Call has been opened. Considering that the situation is constantly developing and that new relevant themes might appear at a later point in time, the Programme will consider applications falling under this category, that reflect a change in the situation or an aspect which has been disregarded.

An Umbrella project will be funded to ensure overall coordination of the thematic projects.

Projects are expected to make an overview of and analyse the state of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as successful and less successful practices in the NPA area relevant to the chosen theme and the geographical context, to be able to make recommendations for future actions, policy responses, etc.

Types of projects funded

The projects funded through this call follow the structure and procedures of the NPA Preparatory projects, with the addition of the following specific conditions.

All applicants are asked to join the NPA Covid-19 response group. Click here to read a recent article about the NPA Covid-19 response group and instructions to join.

Project Budget: Indicative maximum budget of up to 45.000 EUR at an intervention rate of 100%. The budget will be paid on a lump sum basis upon completion of the project and meeting the conditions for funding expressed in the Grant Offer Letter.

Indicative Project duration: 2-4 months

Decision process:  Decisions on preparatory projects are made by the Joint Secretariat with input from Regional Contact Points. The approval process takes approximately 1 month from submission.

Application procedure

This is an ongoing call between the opening and closing date, meaning that applicants can submit an application at any time during the period 20th May 2020 – 30th September 2020.

Applications must be submitted through an electronic monitoring system (eMS), which is available on this link. The application pack including the Terms of Reference and all necessary supporting documents can be found on the right-hand side of this webpage and in eMS.

Applicants are expected to submit their thematic application in coordination with the “NPA Covid-19 response group”.

Applicants are encouraged to study the Programme Manual for a description of the Priority Axes, instructions for how to apply and the NPA eligibility rules. This and all other application documents can be found in the right-hand column.

Assistance to applicants

In order to support applicants, the Joint Secretariat is organising an Online Q&A session, planned to take place on May 27 at 13:00 CET. Details will be announced on NPA website and social media.

Further information

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you are also in touch with the Regional Contact Point in your region. Alternatively, you can contact Christopher Parker at the Joint Secretariat, christopher.parker{at}


Watch the Q&A session