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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

InfoEd database
InfoEd Global provides access to its library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources. It also provides free subscription to their SPIN funding opportunities database which contains nearly 40,000 government, foundation, and industry sponsored opportunities.

GrantForward search engine
GrantForward provides a list of available coronavirus-related funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, with all relevant information, and is updated on a daily basis.

NIH Funding Opportunities related to Covid-19 and all Covid-19 resarch grant fudning
Use these page to explore funding opportunities specific to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Candid has provided free access to a list of funding opportunities in the area of COVID-19 that is updated on a daily basis at Funding Opportunities.

The Pace Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SBDC business advisors are offering 1:1 virtual sessions since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The center also hosts a dedicated webpage for COVID-19 programming.

Covid-19 Open Research Dataset
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.

COVID-19 High Pefromance Computering (HPC) Consortium
The COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines. Read about the available resources below. Join the consortium.

Cisco Research Center
Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects researchers and developers from Cisco, academia, governments, customers, and industry partners with the goal of facilitating collaboration and exploration of new and promising technologies. CRC is interested in exploring issues, topics, and problems that are relevant to Cisco’s core business of improving the Internet. CRC is also deeply interested in adjacent technologies that leverage the power of the network to change the world. Grants in range of topics are available.
Rolling submission deadline.

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. SSRC specifically encourages proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed.

The Just Tech Rapid-Response Grants will support innovative research projects that deploy remote research methods to shed light on both the short- and potential long-term implications of public health interventions for a range of rights, liberties, and public goods. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact tracing and public health surveillance
  • Voting access and rights amid “lockdowns” and widespread social distancing
  • Disparities in the collection, representation, and use of health data
  • The digital divide in remote work and learning, education, and public health
  • Precarity of labor and work in the tech industry or gig economy
  • Remote organizing, campaigning, and social movements
  • The impact of predictive algorithms on the provision of social welfare and policing

These topics are illustrative. Applicants are welcome to propose others. Projects illuminating the experiences of historically marginalized people are especially encouraged, as are those that can constructively inform policy responses across communities and institutions.
Application deadline: Applications may be submitted through the SSRC's application portal, and will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first period of review beginning on August 31, 2020.

Department of Health and Human Services: Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to support research to strengthen the healthcare response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and future public health emergencies, including pandemics. While research related to the direct clinical effects of COVID-19 are supported by other funding opportunities, the purpose of this funding opportunity is to focus on the role and impact of digital health interventions [e.g., mobile health (mhealth), telemedicine and telehealth, health information technology (IT), and wearable devices] to address access, reach, delivery, effectiveness, scalability and sustainability of health assessments and interventions for secondary effects (e.g., behavioral health or self-management of chronic conditions) that are utilized during and following the pandemic, particularly in populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations.
Application deadline: March 2, 2021.

Research on biopsychosocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, wellbeing, illness, and recovery
This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits research projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall wellbeing. Both animal and human subjects research projects are welcome. Researchers proposing basic science experimental studies involving human participants should consider this FOA’s companion for basic experimental studies with humans.
Application deadline: March 17, 2021. 

National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight interest in research to strengthen the mental health response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to future public health emergencies, including pandemics. NIMH is especially interested in research to provide an evidence base for how a disrupted workforce may adequately respond/adapt to and maintain services or provide additional care for new or increasing mental health needs, as well as to learn about the effects of the virus and public health measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 that may have an impact on mental health. Research addressing the intersection of COVID-19, mental health, and HIV treatment and prevention are also of interest to NIM.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 15, 2021.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Pioneering Ideas:Exploring the Future to Build on a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. The Foundation is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. RWJF welcomes proposals from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, and community leaders – anyone, anywhere who has a cutting edge idea that could alter the trajectory of health and increase opportunities for everyone in the United States to live their healthiest life possible.

While this RFP is focused on broader and longer-term societal trends and shifts that were evolving prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Foundation recognizes the unique circumstances and learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic may inform your response. It is at your discretion whether you propose a project related to the pandemic directly or indirectly.
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

RAPID- Rapid Response Research Grant Program
The National Science Foundation is soliciting pandemic-related research proposals to be funded up to $200,000 for a maximum duration of one year through its Rapid Response Research Grant Program. Grant submission is open. The applicant needs to submit an abstract to the program officer who will determine whether the proposed research is aligned with the goals of the grant.

Mozilla Covid-19 Solutions Fund
Through this fund, Mozilla will provide awards of up to $50,000 each to open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. As part of the COVID-19 Solutions Fund, Mozilla will accept applications that are hardware (e.g., an open source ventilator), software (e.g., a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g., a browser plugin that combats COVID related misinformation).
Rolling application deadline.