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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

University of Minnesota Funding Opportunities

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Clinical Grants will catalyze and energize small-scale clinical projects in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be targeted to proposals that explore novel ideas that enhance our ability to diagnose and treat the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000. Funding available starting April 29, 2020

Office of Discovery and Translation

CTSI’s ODAT has focused its annual Request for Applications (RFA) is intended to identify and fund early-stage projects in which the primary goal is to develop solutions that address direct or indirect healthcare impacts created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards will range from $15,000 to $50,000 in total direct costs .

Letter of Intent (LOI) submissions will be accepted on a continuous basis until funding is expended or June 15, 2020 (whichever comes first).

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites research proposals that support increased food safety and resilience of food supply chains during disruptions such as pandemics like COVID-19.

External Funding Opportunities

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)

  • BARDA CoronaWatch/TechWatch. To enable a rapid-response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has repurposed the TechWatch program to focus on COVID-19 medical countermeasures. These CoronaWatch submissions and meetings aim to give innovators a government-wide platform to discuss ideas with U.S. government experts, and seek partnership opportunities with a wide range of potential federal partners.

  • BARDA Easy Broad Agency Announcement (EZ-BAA) for 2019-nCoV. BARDA will review concise abstract submissions for development funding of 2019-nCoV molecular diagnostics.

  • BARDA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Now only accepting proposals related to COVID-19.

Department of Defense (DOD)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Food and Drug Administration

  • FDA Postgraduate COVID-19 Analysis Fellowship. A research opportunity is currently available with the Division of Plasma Protein Therapeutics (DPPT), in the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTAT), at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • NASA Announcement: Making Innovative Use of NASA Satellite Data to Address Environmental, Economic, and/or Societal Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. NASA's Earth Science Division calls the attention of the Earth Science communities to Program Element A.28 "Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science" (RRNES) of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2020 as an opportunity to propose investigations making innovative use of NASA satellite data to address regional-to-global environmental, economic, and/or societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH has received nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for COVID-19 related activities, and currently has over 25 new announcements of funding opportunities. The vast majority of these announcements are open only to in vestigators with active NIH awards. We list below only the opportunities open to new proposals, and the full list of announcements is available at NIH’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding website.

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Serological Sciences Centers of Excellence. NCI is announcing it will solicit applications to establish Serological Sciences Centers of Excellence and for research projects to identify and advance research opportunities to characterize the immune responses elicited by SARS-CoV-2 viral infection, especially as it relates to cancer patients. Solicitation release expected on June 10, 2020.

  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Repurposing Existing Therapeutics to Address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). Various deadlines through 2020.

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This FOA is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Ongoing.

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Emergency Awards: Rapid Investigation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). This FOA is to provide an expedited funding mechanism for research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Ongoing.

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Fast-Track Program for COVID-19 Test Development and Distribution is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Ongoing.

  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Development of Biomedical Technologies for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The NIBIB is seeking applications to develop life-saving technologies that can be ready for commercialization within one to two years. Deadlines on June 5, 2020 and June 16, 2020.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIEHS Support for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). NIEHS seeks to promote rapid understanding of the potential contributions of current and past exposure to environmental agents that may exacerbate COVID-19 susceptibility, disease severity, and progression. Application deadlines throughout 2020 and 2021.

  • NIH Long-Term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional). Multiple divisions of NIH will support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding the long-term effects of natural and/or human-made disasters on health care systems serving health disparity populations in communities in the U.S. First standard due date is October 5, 2020.

  • Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Notice of Additional Due Date and Additional “Areas of Focus Especially of Interest” of PAR-19-373 and PAR-19-384, "Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01)". This notice adds an additional due date of June 20, 2020 and additional areas of focus to PAR-19-373 and PAR-19-384. The last due date for applications is March 17, 2021.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • Call for Proposals in Joint NSF-BSF Programs Dealing with the Coronavirus Disease. NSF and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) are accepting applications dealing with the Coronavirus Disease in all the active NSF-BSF programs. Ongoing.

  • Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC). CIVIC is a research and action competition in the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) domain. It aims to accelerate the impact of S&CC research and deepen cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase). Full proposals due July 1, 2020.

  • NSF COVID-19 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). This DCL expresses NSF's interest in proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research to better understand 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.

  • NSF COVID-19 Advanced Cyberinfrastructure DCL. The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure invites RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities.

  • Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19 DCL. The Division of Innovation and Industrial Partnerships (IIP) invites US-based small businesses to submit Phase I proposals focused on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes, and services that address the COVID-19 crisis.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)


  • Private Foundation List. The University of Minnesota's Corporate & Foundation Relations office has put together a list of current requests for COVID-related proposals from private foundations.

  • American Diabetes Association COVID-19 and Diabetes Research Award. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is requesting applications for research focused on the impact of diabetes on COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on diabetes and its complications. Application deadline is May 22, 2020.

  • American Lung Association COVID-19 and Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award. The American Lung Association seeks proposals to advance research against emerging respiratory pathogens like SARS-CoV-2. Application deadline is May 30, 2020.

  • ATS/GSK Research Grant in COVID-19. The American Thoracic Society and GlaxoSmithKline invite junior faculty to submit proposals that have a high likelihood to advance the understanding of the pathobiology and clinical implications of COVID-19. Submission deadline is June 23, 2020.

  • AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI). AWS is offering technical support and providing AWS promotional credits to support the use of AWS services to advance diagnostic research for selected institutions and companies. Ongoing.

  • Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Grant. The Booz Allen Foundation is accepting applications for proposals related to COVID-19 that are specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work. Applications accepted until June 5, 2020.

  • Call for Code 2020 Global Challenge. Call for Code is sponsoring a $270,000 prize competition for applications that can provide immediate crisis communication, enhanced remote education, or stronger community cooperation. Submissions accepted until July 31, 2020.

  • Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Coronavirus Urgent Response Initiative. DRK is ready to fund and support the people and ideas that are tackling the most acute and time-critical social problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic right now. DRK is best positioned to help work on the social problems caused by the pandemic versus direct mitigation via medical and scientific efforts. Ongoing.

  • EdTech Hub Call for ideas for EdTech responses to coronavirus (COVID-19). The EdTech Hub, mEducation Alliance, and Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) are launching a call for tech-focused ideas to respond to the learning emergency caused by COVID-19 school closures in low- and middle-income countries. Selected applicants will be invited to virtual EdTech Pitch Days with a global network of potential funders. Ongoing.

  • Emergency Medicine Foundation COVID-19 Research Grant Request for Proposal. The Emergency Medicine Foundation is awarding funding of up to $100,000 in new research grants on emergency medicine areas related to COVID-19. Proposals are due June 5, 2020.

  • Ferring COVID-19 Investigational Grants. Ferring is interested in funding exploratory, basic, and clinical research grants to collect data and expand knowledge about the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on reproduction, pregnancy, and foetal/neonatal health. Applications accepted until October 31, 2020.

  • IQT, a Central Intelligence Agency-supported technology venture capital firm, is seeking COVID-19 proposals related to Point of care diagnostics, Swabs for sample collection, Serological diagnostics, and Digital self-triage capabilities for telehealth. Contact SPARC for further info.

  • Islamic Development Bank Transform Fund Call for Innovation 2020. The fund is seeking applications addressing COVID-19 in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Grants range from US$50,000–$150,000 and applications are accepted until June 1, 2020.

  • JEDI Billion Molecules against COVID-19 Grand Challenge. The Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) has launched this Grand Challenge to screen billions of molecules with blocking interactions relevant to SARS-CoV-2, and fast-track the route to a therapeutic treatment. Teams can win grand prizes of up to €2,000,000. Stage 1 submissions due June 6, 2020.

  • Lone Star Prize. $10 million award to improve the quality of life Texans in one or more categories. The Workforce category seeks solutions to “boost the employability of workers (including those displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic), build promising career pathways, and spur job creation. Applicants do not have to be from Texas and solutions may ultimately help other areas in addition to Texas. Potential submitters must register by June 23, 2020 and applications are due July 22, 2020.

  • Mercatus Center Emergent Ventures program is offering Fast Grants of $10K to $500K to scientists at academic institutions who are working on a COVID-19 related project. Funding decisions are made in under 48 hours. Ongoing.

  • Merck Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness. Merck will consider proposals that leverage technological solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections for 3-year, €500,000/year awards. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Microsoft AI for Health COVID-19 Grant. This grant program provides Azure cloud and High-Performance Computing capabilities. The AI for Health data science experts are also open to collaborations with COVID-19 researchers as they tackle this critical challenge. Proposals accepted until June 15, 2020.

  • MIT Solve Challenge. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains. Submissions deadline is June 18, 2020.

  • Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) COVID-19 Solutions Fund. MOSS will provide awards of up to $50,000 to open source technology projects (hardware or software) responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing.

  • New Media Ventures (NVM) 2020 Expanded Open Call. NVM funds for-profits and nonprofits with scalable solutions from diverse, mission-driven teams that are working to advance progressive change in the context of COVID-19. Investments will be in the $25K to $250K range. Call open until June 30, 2020.

  • PCORI COVID-19 Targeted PFA: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is requesting proposals for innovative, high-impact studies that fit clearly within its core mission of patient-engaged and patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. Deadline for submissions is May 26, 2020.

  • Pfizer COVID-19 Competitive Grant Program. Pfizer Global Medical Grants program seeks proposals in two categories: A) educational programs for healthcare providers focused on the recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and overall care management of patients with COVID-19; and B) proposals from hospitals or health systems to evaluate and improve their systems-of-care for COVID-19 patients. Application closing date is May 22, 2020.

  • Rheumatology Research Foundation Notice of Special Interest. The Rheumatology Research Foundation is seeking proposals for projects exploring the relationships between rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases and SARS-CoV-2. Letters of inquiry are due June 1, 2020.

  • Russell Sage Foundation. For its next Letter of Inquiry deadline, the Russell Sage Foundation will only consider LOIs for research that 1) “analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States” or 2) “is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021.” LOIs due May 21, 2020.

  • RWJF Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. While the call is not focused on the pandemic, RWJF recognizes the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform responses. Proposals accepted throughout the year.

  • SAEMF COVID-19 Research Grant. The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEMF) seeks proposals for projects that support emergency care research related to COVID-19, which may include diagnostics, safety, therapeutics, disaster preparedness, or other relevant topic areas. Submission deadline June 1, 2020.

  • Spencer Foundation COVID-19 Related Research Grants will support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education during the pandemic. Last full proposal deadline is June 8, 2020.

  • StartUp Health Call for COVID-19 Innovation. StartUp Health is looking to invest in innovators working on direct or indirect solutions for mitigating, managing, or treating coronavirus or future pandemics.

  • Stevens Initiative Coronavirus Response Fund. The Stevens Initiative is providing resources to help education, exchange, and non-profit organizations in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa conduct virtual exchange programs to engage young people and educators affected by the pandemic. Applications accepted until June 12, 2020.

Feel free to reach out to the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative if you need support on creating a proposal for any of these funding opportunities.