17 March 2020

The Faculty of Social Sciences allocates funding for emergency research on COVID-19


The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen allocates funding for researchers interested in studying COVID-19 with the purpose of helping citizens and authorities in the coming weeks and in relation to future crises.


COVID-19 affects all parts of society, and the Faculty of Social Sciences is ready to look at the political, social and economic aspects of the crisis. Consequently, emergency research funding is now being made available to Faculty researchers to conduct quick, relevant and valid research that can be conveyed to the general public within the coming weeks.

- Right now, we must seize the opportunity to collect important data and knowledge in order to assist the authorities and citizens in the current situation. In addition, we must also gather data to help us understand how citizens and authorities best handle an emergency situation like this one, says Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Dean.

- And we are able to do that from our home offices. Naturally, this requires that we use certain types of data. As a result, it is also important to allocate funding so that our researchers can gain access to register data, surveys and social media data. One could hope that we will be able to establish citizen research projects given this unique situation, where so many Danes have been sent home to work. Maybe they can even help us with the data collection, explains Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen.

All members of the academic staff employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen are eligible to apply. According to the Dean, projects that seek to involve students and citizens will be looked upon in a favourable manor, as this specific situation calls for crosscutting initiatives.

Faculty members of staff, please log on to KUnet and read about how to apply.