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Efficient and rapidly SCAlable EU-wide evidence-driven Pandemic response plans through dynamic Epidemic data assimilation

Project description

Preparing for a future pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in devastating death counts and huge losses in costs due to a mix of mismanagement, bad response plans, limited or fragmented approaches, and more. The danger of facing another pandemic is too high to ignore, especially with climate change increasing that possibility. The EU-funded ESCAPE project will improve our early response plans for pandemics, utilising standard research protocols, improved evidence-based recommendations, thorough insights based on the last pandemic and digital technologies in coordination with scientists. The project will further study the factors leading to successful plans for another pandemic and the fostering of a multi-stakeholder community that will improve knowledge sharing and policymaking.


Pandemics have the potential to disrupt our daily lives and to affect every part of society. SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 disease painfully showed how responding too late, in a fragmented mannar and/or with too little coordination across different sectors and countries, led to huge human and economic costs. ESCAPE’s main objective is to improve efficiency and scalability of early pandemic response plans by providing evidence-based guidelines, standardised research protocols, retrospective insights, and digital solutions that will support scientists in producing and integrating evidence and inform public health authorities in taking decisions to avert or reduce disease and societal burden. The project will provide knowledge and tools that will enhance Europe’s preparedness for a pandemic of pathogen X. These include a science-based blueprint for faster and better decision-making in managing pandemics, tools and frameworks to improve data availability, collection and sharing, as well as advanced analytics and models to understand and project transmission dynamics of pathogen X under candidate response scenarios. ESCAPE will also identify determinants of success and failure in managing pathogen X based on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, helping to develop effective response strategies for future pandemics. In addition, the project will contribute to fostering a multi-stakeholder intelligent community allowing improved knowledge sharing and cooperation between policy-makers, the scientific community, the media and the public, ensuring a much more effective response to future pandemics. In the long-term, by improving pandemic preparedness and the effectiveness of response to a pandemic of pathogen X, the project will contribute to reducing health burden and potential negative societal and economic consequences during pandemics, as well as increase the confidence of policy makers and the public in science-based solutions.


Net EU contribution
€ 601 112,50
3500 Hasselt

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Limburg (BE) Arr. Hasselt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 601 112,50

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