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BRICS countries to hold a research projects competition aimed at overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic

BRICS countries to hold a research projects competition aimed at overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic

During a joint meeting of BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Steering Committee and BRICS STI Funding Working Group via video conference on 25 May, representatives of the five countries supported the initiative of the Russian Side to hold a multilateral multidisciplinary competition of BRICS research projects on the novel coronavirus infection, including finding solutions to overcome the consequences of the pandemic in the field of healthcare, economy, social sciences, mental health and other areas of human activities. The competition is expected to be announced in June this year and BRICS research teams will be able to start implementing projects at the end of 2020. The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) will fund the contest from the Russian Side. The announcement will be posted and applications can be submitted through the official website of BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Framework Programme.