Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the European Commission (EC) as been working on some corrections to the Horizon 2020 programme schedule. Reacting to this crisis, the EC has recently published the extension of some calls deadlines, which gives applicants more time to prepare their proposals.
All informations regarding these updates are available in the European Research Area (ERA) corona platform (see link below).
Horizon 2020 is a initiative aimed at securing Europe´s global competitiveness. According to the EC, the H2020 is “the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years”.
Abel Gomes, Professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI) and a researcher from the Network Architectures and Protocols group of IT in Covilhã, is leading a project whose main objective is to create a portable x-ray machine, equipped with a software that allows the diagnosis of Covid-19 in less than a minute.
The project gathers other researchers from UBI, the Centro Hospitalar Universitário da Cova da Beira and the startup FastComChem Lda of UBImedical, who are already working on developing an informatic system that takes advantage of the most advanced artificial intelligence techniques, to achieve a medical image of the lungs and thus perform an early and large-scale diagnosis.
The greatest advantage will be the use of “portable x-ray machines, even in remote areas, with no need for patients to go to the hospital”, said Abel Gomes in a recent interview to Rádio Clube da Covilhã.
The project is called COVA, and was already submited to the FCT to be funded under the RESEARCH 4 COVID_19 platform.