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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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© Florian Tanzer

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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© Florian Tanzer

Expansion of test capacities

Rapid repurposing of laboratory infrastructure for enhanced testing capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alwin Köhler | Max Perutz Labs (University of Vienna)

(in collaboration with: Max Perutz Labs, a Joint Venture of the Univeristy of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna; University of Vienna; IMP; IMBA; GMI and other institutions in Vienna)

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate enormous threat for healthcare systems and economies in Austria, Europe and the world. Many coping strategies are focused on “track-and-trace” identification of both infected and asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2. The Vienna COVID-19 Diagnostics Initiative was established with the aim of repurposing of standard laboratory infrastructure for enhanced testing capacity across institutional boundaries in Vienna. This entails the fully automated extraction of virus RNA, its detection by high-throughput qPCR, the production of in-house affordable reagents and the establishment of logistic/diagnostic interfaces with existing health care providers. We propose to generate an adaptable operating procedure that will aid other universities and research institutions to quickly contribute to the national testing capacity for COVID-19 or other emerging epidemics. We will generate and evaluate data on how such a pipeline is technically generated, how the pipeline is optimized, how protocols can be quickly disseminated and implemented and how the enhanced testing capacity will contribute to national efforts of virus suppression. This study is only possible in the context of the current crisis and the knowledge will be of immediate importance and broad relevance. The requested budget is for partly covering the implementation of the pipeline with a particular emphasis on evaluating pooling to further enhance throughput and does not cover the running costs for routine testing that we will offer as soon as the pipeline is fully functional. 

Funding: € 50,000

Duration: 2 April 2020 - 1 November 2020

Contact and PI details:  www.vcdi.net

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© Florian Tanzer

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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© Florian Tanzer

Education and School

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© Florian Tanzer

Economy and Logistics

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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