Four collaborative clinical projects to develop new knowledge about COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is generating a widespread need for new knowledge relating to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Four new collaborative projects will now use health data to learn more about the virus.

A total of 26 grant applications were submitted under the COVID-19 call issued by the Nordic Trial Alliance (NTA) for the mid-April application submission deadline. The grant applications have now been assessed by the NTA working group based on the criteria set out in the text of the call and the objectives of the NTA, including Nordic added value.

According to Maria Nilsson, Special Advisor at NordForsk:

“The field of applicants was very strong, and we are pleased that there is so much interest in Nordic collaboration on COVID-19. We are aware that there is a great need for funding in this area, and NordForsk is therefore joining forces with Nordic funders and Estonia and Latvia to announce a short-deadline call for proposals for projects using health data research to generate more knowledge about COVID-19.”

The Nordic Trial Alliance is seeking projects that promote Nordic cooperation on COVID-19 research activities. Examples of relevant activities include strategic workshops, networking activities, knowledge transfer, coordination of national initiatives, including trials, and more. The activities must strengthen Nordic cooperation by providing concrete results and enhance the global knowledge base on COVID-19.

The following four projects have been awarded funding to carry out COVID-19 research activities:

Establishing the Nordic node of the COVID-19 host genetics initiative

Project Leader: Andrea Ganna, FIMM, Finland.

Is severe COVID-19 associated with altered long-term cognitive function? (ASSESS-SHOCK3-COVID)

Project Leader: Johanna Hästbacka, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Merging the four Nordic ICU registries for epidemiological research of critically ill COVID-19 patients

Project Leader: Hans Flatten, Haukeland University Hospital, Norway.

ACE/ARB-COVID-19 – A Nordic population registry study of ACE inhibitors/ARBs and SARS-CoV-2 infection severity

Project Leader: Marte Helene Bjørk, University of Bergen, Norway.

What is the NTA?

The Nordic Trial Alliance (NTA) is a project under NordForsk with the aim of facilitating clinical research collaboration between the Nordic countries. The NTA project, which runs through the period 2017–2021, is funded under the Nordic priority project “Cooperation for Better Health”, which was initiated in 2017 when Norway held the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers.