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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.

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.

data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
The challenge is an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact.

Applications are due July 17, 2020.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Eating Research-COVID-19 Rapid-Response Funding Opportunity Focused on the Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs

Healthy Eating Research has a limited amount of rapid-response research funds available to commission: 1) issue briefs/commentaries or papers/research reviews and; 2) small studies to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nutrition and diet quality, food security, and related health consequences for children and families.

This funding opportunity is focused on USDA Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs serving children and families. The goal is to inform decision-making regarding innovative policies and/or programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Please download the full funding announcement for a brief description of topics of interest, as well as study parameters.

Applications are due July 21, 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. 

Applications are due August 20, 2020, December 2, 2020, March 2, 2021.

Just Tech-Covid 19 Rapid Response grants

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. We specifically encourage 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. Applications may be submitted through the SSRC's application portal

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first period of review beginning on August 31, 2020.

Department of Health and Human Services - Long-Term Effects of Disasters on Health Care Systems Serving Health Disparity Populations

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to 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., including the U.S. territories.

Letters of intent are due September 4, 2020.

NIH Director’s Emergency Early Independence Awards
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Common Fund will dedicate funds provided by the CARES Act to support a total of 5-10 Early Independence Awards (through this FOA) or Transformative Research Awards (through RFA-RM-20-020) that bring new, innovative perspectives and approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, or response to coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, domestically or internationally. Any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and other related topics. As with all High-Risk, High-Reward Research program applications, innovation may be technological or conceptual.

Applications are due September 4, 2020.

NIH Director’s Emergency Transformative Research Awards
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Common Fund will dedicate funds provided by the CARES Act to support a total of 5-10 Transformative Research Awards (through this FOA) or Early Independence Awards (through RFA-RM-20-021) that bring new, innovative perspectives and approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, or response to coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, domestically or internationally. Any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and other related topics. As with all High-Risk, High-Reward Research program applications, innovation may be technological or conceptual.

Applications are due Septmeber 30, 2020.

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

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build 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 deadline.