Call for proposals 2021 - Horizon Europe - COVID19 - HERA Incubator HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01 Closed!


The Union and the world are challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. While it has uncovered vulnerabilities in our social and economic systems, it has also provided new impetus, visibility and recognition of the critical role that health care systems and health professionals play in responding to the needs of people, serving society and underpinning the economy. It also underlined the power of research and innovation in uncovering the knowledge and developing the technologies to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies.
While vaccines are now becoming available and being used, COVID 19 variants are increasingly of concern – because of their potential to affect transmissibility, severity of disease and vaccine effectiveness.
An additional concerted EU effort is needed to further speed up the process of understanding the occurrence and spread of variants and their effect on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness.
In that light the EU bio-defence programme called “HERA Incubator” was launched by the Commission and aims to mobilise all means and resources necessary to prevent, mitigate and respond to the potential impact of variants.


This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-01: Vaccines & therapeutic clinical trials to boost COVID-19 prevention and treatment
  • HORIZON-HLTH-2021-CORONA-01-02: Cohorts united against COVID-19 variants of concern

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 90,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 06 May 2021 - 5 months ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2021-2022 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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