The SNSF has launched a National Research Program on Covid-19 in summer 2020. The NRP 78 will support research projects that aim to provide new insights into the coronavirus (SARS-CoV2), the spread and impact of Covid-19 diseases, and epidemiological, immunological and therapeutic approaches. Further goals of the program are to accelerate the development of vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics, and to optimize the health care system to be better prepared for the current and future pandemic crises.

Mark Bächer was appointed by the SNSF Research Council to coordinate the communication activities of NRP 78. This includes scientific exchange and transfer among the researchers of the program as well as dialogue with politics and society in order to broadly support the scientific findings in the public.