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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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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

Learning in a state of emergency - risks and opportunities

Ursula Holtgrewe | Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI)

The school lessons suddenly switched to digital learning by COVID-19 could increase existing inequalities, especially in school systems like the Austrian one, in which education is "inherited". On the other hand, the disruption of domestic and school routines and expectations can also promote new scope for self-organized learning. To test the hypotheses, approximately 50 teachers, approximately 480 pupils of different ages and their parents are interviewed 3-4 times every two weeks at approximately 6 Viennese schools in the period April-May or June 2020. The project provides in-depth insights into the social restrictions, prerequisites for success and possibilities of digital and digitally supported learning that can be used to develop and establish complementary innovations in school, extracurricular or educational policy related to digital technology.

Funding: € 49,860
Duration: 1. April 2020 - 31 December 2020

Website: https://www.zsi.at/en/object/project/5517

Contact and PI details: https://www.zsi.at/

 

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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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