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The WWTF funds data collection: WWTF COVID-19 Rapid Response Call

In times of the global corona crisis, science is highly active: It helps to develop diagnostic tests, therapies and vaccinations, to make prognoses about the future course of the pandemic, and how to deal with the societal consequences. In order to be able to react quickly to the challenges of the crisis and to collect research-relevant data in a timely manner, within one week WWTF launched the "COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding", endowed with funds from the private non-profit WWTF and two private sponsors, including the MEGA Bildungsstiftung.
 
Today's research is the key to tomorrow - more than ever in times of the Corona crisis, but with your support, the possibilities are endless. Your donation will pay off twice: every euro donated to the WWTF is tax-deductible in Austria and will be doubled by the City of Vienna. If you would like to support these research projects with your donation, you can do so via our donation page.
 
24 research projects from various scientific disciplines were selected by revierwers(Thomas Dorner (MUW), Irene Fialka (iNiTS), Klemens Himpele (WWTF Kuratorium, Stadt Wien), Helga Nowotny (ERA Council Forum Austria, RFTE), Fritz Ohler (former technopolis), Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (JKU Linz)) from all submissions, which will be funded with up to € 50,000.
Information on the projects can be found below - for a better overview, they have been divided into six categories:

 If you have any questions about the Call and the WWTF, please contact Michael Stampfer.

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Understand and Fight the Virus

Mutational dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 in Austria

Andreas Bergthaler | Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM)

(in collaboration with: Medical University of Vienna; Austian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd. (AGES) and other Austrian universities)

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Characterization of the cellular immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection

Rene Geyeregger | Children's Cancer Research Institute

(in collaboration with: Oliver H. Robak, Medical Univeristy of Vienna; Christoph Steininger,Medical Univeristy of Vienna; Christof Jungbauer, Austrian Red Cross; Volker Witt, St. Anna Children's Hospital; Hedda Wardemann, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ); Florian Halbritter, Children's Cancer Research Insitute (CCRI); Matthias Farlik-Födinger, Medical Univeristy of Vienna)

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Expansion of test capacities

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Epidemiology and Public Health

Self-reported COVID-19 symptom tracking using an anonymized online survey

Tanja Stamm | Medical University of Vienna

(in collaboration with: Erika Mosor, Valentin Ritschl, Maisa Omara, Martin Posch, Franz König, Matthias Wielscher and Michael Hiesmayr, Medical University of Vienna; Susanne Perkhofer, FHG Innsbruck; Michael Schirmer, Medical University of Innsbruck;  Angelika Rzepka, Bernhard Pfeifer, Peter Kastner and Anton Dunzendorfer, Austrian Institute of Technology; Florian Stigler and Martin Sprenger, Medical University of Graz; Siegfried Walch and Nils Mevenkamp, Management Center Innsbruck)

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© Florian Tanzer

Understand Society in the Crisis

Panel survey in the Corona crisis

Bernhard Kittel | University of Vienna

(in collaboration with: Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna; Hajo Boomgaarden, University of Vienna; Barbara Prainsack, University of Vienna)

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Education and School

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Economy and Logistics

Effects of SARS-CoV-2 measures on economic activity abroad - and local jobs

Jonas Puck | WU Wien

(in collaboration with: Thomas Lindner, Jakob Müllner, Michael Wolfesberger (WU Vienna); Andreas König, Universität Passau; Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB); Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKO))

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as well as the measures taken to reduce its human cost represent challenges to most, if not all, firms in Vienna and Austria. Strategy research provides strong evidence that how decision makers in firms perceive and frame a specific situation (e.g., threat vs opportunity; intensity of a threat or an opportunity; time-horizon) has major implications for both short- and longer-term firm strategy and internationalization processes. We therefore propose to analyze how corporate decision makers’ perceptions (at different points in time over the next weeks/month) of the SARS-CoV-2-challenge influence firms’ future national and international investment strategies. Results will be of relevance to international business theory as they provide evidence on the relationship between the perceptions of the challenge and firm strategy. They will also be of relevance to policy-makers as results will provide recommendations on how policy makers can communicate to firms in order to shape decision makers’ perceptions and to minimize detrimental economic consequences. In turn, the economy may be able to minimize losses in the 50% of jobs in Austria that are driven by international business activities.

Funding: € 49,375
Duration: 3 April 2020 - 2 April 2022

Contact and PI details: https://www.wu.ac.at/iib/team/faculty/puck

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Optimal restart of the economy

Stefan Thurner | Complexity Science Hub

(in cooperation with: Manfred Gronalt, Medical University of Vienna;  Beate Pinior, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences; Vetmeduni Vienna)

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