Pre-announcement: NRP-80 "Covid-19 & Society"

Research and Transfer Service

12 May 2021

The SNSF will launch the call in early autumn 2021.

The Federal Council has launched a national research programme to study the economic, social and political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the programme is to investigate and define strategies for current and future pandemics.

The programme will be funded with CHF 14 million and will run for 3 years.

The National Research Programme (NRP) 80 'COVID-19 and society' aims to study social processes during a COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences. The programme will identify the factors that play a decisive role in overcoming a pandemic. The results should enable the authorities, policy-makers and public and private institutions involved to define pandemic coping strategies. NRP 80 complements NRP 78 'COVID-19', which began in 2020 and deals with the analysis of biomedical and clinical aspects.


  •  Responsibility and security: analysis of the effectiveness and impact of measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Individual and collective well-being: analysis of the consequences of the pandemic situation for health, quality of life, the economic situation, social relations, the generational pact and equality between men and women;
  • Crisis management and sustainable change: analysis of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the individual, social and economic level (e.g. with regard to the development of new work, social and skills models, as well as spatial development and mobility).

The participants in both programmes, NRP 78 and NRP 80, will cooperate in terms of content and organisation, and will take into account the results of studies already carried out or in progress.


With the National Research Programmes, the Confederation supports research projects that can help to resolve topical issues and problems of national importance. The National Science Foundation is responsible for their implementation.