Zika is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV) that has recently been spreading through the South Pacific and Latin America.
The importance of a rapid research response to the Zika outbreak is highlighted by the WHO's declaration on 1 February 2016 that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Given the urgency of the situation, the European Commission will launch a call in order to support the urgently needed research during the ongoing ZIKV outbreak. The pre-publication of the call including the topic text can be found via the Zika Research Website.
The pre-published topic text may be modified until its official publication.