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Research Opportunities to Impact COVID-19

Information about funding opportunities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be added to this page as they become available.



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Open Submissions Up to $20,000 for single or multi-PIs for early stage translational projects. IALS Midigrants In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, applications received related to resources for COVID-19 related projects shall be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Center Leadership Teams for quicker turnaround time.
Immediate Open Submissions $10.6M in Grants for MA Manufacturers Pivoting to PPE Mass. Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT) This funding is for manufacturers and contributing companies within Massachusetts to increase their in state production of PPE. Other applicants will be considered if they may contribute to the production of equipment listed above.
Rolling due dates Innovative Technologies to Increase U.S. Capacity for COVID-19 Testing

NIH POCTRN-Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx)

NIBIB is providing substantial support to accelerate the development, validation, and commercialization of innovative point-of-care and home-based tests, as well as improvements to  clinical laboratory tests, that can directly detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NIBIB will support the full range of product development including commercialization and product distribution.
Rolling due dates COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities NIH Leveraging resident expertise, getting additional funding to those researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools so that they can quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus.
May 31, 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grants: COVID-19 Supplemental Dept. of Homeland Security To support planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 response, development of tools and strategies for prevention, preparedness, and
response, and ongoing communication and coordination efforts.
May 31, 2020 xTech COVId-19 Ventilator Challenge Dept. of Defense Develop a low-cost, readily manufacturable emergency ventilator to quickly augment ventilator capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Multiple awards with a combined total of up to $1 million may be made.
Updated daily Coronavirus Funding Monitor Frontiers A curated list of open funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, specifically for COVID-19 and coronavirus-related research.
Rolling-every two weeks CIRM Special Call for COVID Projects California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Special announcement to support promising discovery, preclinical and clinical trialstageprojects that could quickly advance treatments to COVID-19 patients in need.
May 1, 2020 Mitigation of COVID-19 and Future Pandemics Digital Transformation Institute Catalyze cooperative research activities and advances in machine learning and other AI subdisciplines, analytics, statistical analysis, and advanced computing research aimed at (1) the current acute challenges with COVID-19 and (2) the methods for containing and addressing pandemics more generally for longer-term preparedness, including for future pathogens and SARS-like viruses.Co-Investigators can be from other institutions, as well as leading research institutions around the world.
 May 22, 2020 Pfizer COVID-19 Competitive Grant Program Pfizer Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide financial support for organizations producing independent educational programs and quality improvement initiatives designed to combat this evolving crisis.
June 18, 2020 Health Security & Pandemics MIT Solve Improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.
Updated daily Regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus Situation GrantForward A list of grants ranging from small scale foundation to large-scale federal and targeting a range of applicants from the research community to commercial organizations.
October 17, 2020 Repurposing Existing Therapeutics to Address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) NIH The urgent need for research on the 2019 novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, i.e., “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). NCATS is particularly interested in projects that repurpose existing drugs or biologics (existing therapeutics) that have already begun or completed a Phase I clinical trial.
July 10, 2021 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Applications to Address 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Heath Need NIH Projects focusing on the use of informatics solutions to diagnose cases and the use of CTSA-supported core resources (e.g., advanced scientific instruments, highly-specialized facilities, and regulatory expertise) to facilitate research on COVID-19 and advance the translation of research findings into diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.
March 25, 2021 Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission,
as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable
animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics
against SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
February 06, 2021 Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Causative Virus SARS-CoV-2 National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) The urgent public health need to better understand SARS-CoV-2, particularly to improve the predictive quality of existing models of spread, diagnostics for measurement of transmission, susceptibility and
recovery, and development of therapeutic interventions.
May 15, 2020   Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic DOD A single investigator or team of up to two investigators that develops a “transformative idea” to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in areas of immense potential benefit to DoD and the nation at large.
June 30 BARADA Opportunities for Coronavirus Researchers BARDA Supporting government countermeasures in critical areas such as: (1) AOI #4.1-A: Molecular Diagnostic Assay for SARS-CoV-2 virus on existing FDA-cleared platform; (2) AOI #4.1-B: Point-of-Care Diagnostic Assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus; (3) AOI #4.1-C: Diagnostic Assay for detection of COVID-19 disease; (4) AOI #4.3: COVID-19 Vaccine; and (5) AOI #4.4: Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.
Open Submissions SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19 NSF US-based small businesses to submit Phase I proposals focused on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes, and services with the potential to positively impact the nation’s and world’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
Immediate Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dedicates Additional Funding to the Novel Coronavirus Response Gates Foundation $20 million to accelerate the detection, isolation and treatment of people diagnosed with the virus with the goal of interrupting transmission and containing the disease.
$60 million to accelerate the discovery, development and testing of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for 2019-nCoV.
  COVID-19 Broad Agency Announcement CDC Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)
April 01, 2021 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the Behavioral and Social Sciences (NOT-OD-20-097) NIH Supplements to existing longitudinal studies that address key social and behavioral questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adherence to and transmission mitigation from various containment and mitigation efforts; social, behavioral, and economic impacts from these containment and mitigation efforts; and downstream health impacts resulting from these social, behavioral, and economic impacts, including differences in risk and resiliency based on gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health.
May 04, 2021 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIEHS Support for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (NOT-ES-20-020) NIH-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Particular interests in applications that will provide insight into the role of environmental exposures in pathogenicity, transmission, individual susceptibility, or prevention and intervention strategies.
  • For a supplement to a current funded NIEHS grant within your scope of work, apply to PA-18-591 (Administrative Supplement)
  • For a work related to a current funded NIEHS grant, but outside the original scope of work, apply to PA-18-935 (Urgent Competitive Revision)
  • For a new R21 grant that doesn’t build off an existing NIEHS grant, apply to RFA-ES-19-011 (Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Sciences) providing the time-sensitive criteria are met.
June 1, 2020 Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019  (NSF 20-052 RAPID) NSF Projects should propose to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.
  Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019  NSF  
  Dear Colleague Letter Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19 (NSF 20-065)    
  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Dear Colleague Letter (PDF) Department of Energy  
  2019 Novel Coronavirus Medical Countermeasure Partnership Opportunities Public Health Emergency  
  COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) Allen Institute for AI