Science and Technology Development Fund Launches Mega Anti-Coronavirus Scientific Project

The Funding Authority of Science, Technology and Innovation on Saturday, March 28, 2020 launched an emergency appeal for all researchers to submit anti-coronavirus research projects. The authority will receive projects till April 9, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khalid Abdel Ghaffar said in a statement.

The research shall cover fields of medicine, pharmacy, medical supplies, public health and information technology which up to EGP 2 million will be allocated for each project.

The research fields include:

  • Developing fast and cheap virus detectors.
  • Amending available drugs.
  • Setting an Egyptian protocol for treating cases.
  • Developing a new vaccine.
  • Producing protective masks, hazmat suits, gloves, ventilators and air purifiers for isolation units.

They also cover:

  • Developing sterilization solutions.
  • Re-disinfecting masks.
  • Developing mobile apps to follow up the virus spread.
  • Building a mega platform for analyzing coronavirus data.