The first stage of the Strategic Research Council’s (SRC) call for the 2021 programmes closed on 13 January. The three programmes attracted a total of 89 letters of intent. The letters of intent were submitted as follows:
- 25 letters of intent to SRC programme Demographic Changes – Causes, Consequences and Solutions (DEMOGRAPHY)
- 28 letters of intent to SRC programme Environmental and Social Links to Biodiversity Loss (BIOD)
- 36 letters of intent to SRC programme Pandemics as a Challenge for Society (PANDEMICS).
Next, review panels will assess the letters of intent for their societal relevance, impact and scientific quality. They will also consider how well the letters of intent match the programmes. The SRC will decide the projects that will go through to the second call stage in mid-March (tentative schedule).