Skip to main content

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

For assistance with any of the following funding opportunities, please contact us at VUCFR@vanderbilt.edu.

Funder Eligibility Research Type Grant Description Assigned
Disciplines
Funding Due Date
Omidyar Network Applications will only be accepted from organizations that are 501(c)4s or 501(c)3s with a 501H election COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund Aims to Help Working Families Now, Create a Stronger, More Inclusive Economic System Moving Forward Their efforts are aimed at passing economic stimulus to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping our economic structure to ensure they are less vulnerable in the future Economics/ Political Science $75,000 Rolling
PCORI Nonprofit research organizations, 501(c)(3) U.S. institutions PCORI Funding Opportunity for COVID-19-Related Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Engagement Awards PCORI has a strong interest in generating timely findings to provide answers to dilemmas facing patients, clinicians, health systems, and other stakeholders and entities battling the novel coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Through this announcement, we are interested in supporting Enhancements to existing Engagement Awards that can be initiated sufficiently quickly to influence the outcome of the current pandemic by using existing teams that are currently funded by PCORI. They should have some relationship to the original award. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $150,000 Rolling 
PCORI Nonprofit research organizations, 501(c)(3) U.S. institutions PCORI Funding Opportunity for COVID-19-Related Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Dissemination and Implementation Awards PCORI seeks investigator-initiated proposals to address the COVID-19 public health crisis with enhancements to currently funded PCORI Dissemination and Implementation awards. Only PCORI-funded investigators or project leads with active Dissemination and Implementation Award contracts are eligible to submit a proposal in response to this announcement. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $500,000 Rolling
PCORI Nonprofit research organizations, 501(c)(3) U.S. institutions PCORI Funding Opportunity for COVID-19-Related Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Research Projects PCORI seeks investigator-initiated proposals to address the COVID-19 public health crisis through enhancements of currently funded PCORI research awards. Only PCORI-funded principal investigators with active research project funding contracts are eligible to submit a proposal in response to this announcement. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $500,000 Rolling
Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany Global researchers Research Grant for Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness Proposals will be considered that leverage technological solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections.
• Pre-outbreak R&D Preparedness for pandemic disease
• Response during outbreak
Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences/Nursing  $1,622,325 Rolling
Adira Foundation 501(c)(3) nonprofit in good standing. Headquarters are based and services are provided to clients in the U.S. Serve people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease and/or their caregivers. Provide a direct service, tool, or resource to address a concern exacerbated or caused by the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Adira's Fast-Track Grant Response: COVID-19 Adira is opening our Emergency Response Grant Program to provide support to organizations responding to this COVID-19 crisis. Emergency situations can create a host of additional problems that disproportionately impact older adults and people living with complex health conditions. With additional resources and a coordinated response effort, Adira believes we can help lessen the lasting impact of this crisis on people living with neurodegenerative diseases and their caregivers. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences/Nursing $10,000 Rolling
The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) All companies must meet CTIP's minimum criteria to receive support:
1. Medical device that has a pediatric application as defined by the FDA (0 to 21 years of age)
2. Medical device regulated by the FDA
3. Feasible for CTIP to support
4. US-based company
2020 COVID-19 FlexGrants Supports pediatric medical device innovators who are able to use their technology to aid in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Companies will be awarded grants to support activities that apply or adapt their existing medical device to help manage the health impacts of the crisis on children. Biomedical/Nursing/Physical Sciences $15,000 Rolling
Mercatus Center at George Mason University No restrictions found COVID-19 Response: A Call for Ideas The Mercatus Center, building on its COVID-19 policy brief series, welcomes proposals for policy briefs, working papers, and articles that address the next round of challenges. They seek clear, original ideas that address the following policy and social questions or take up related issues: Reopening and Restarting the Economy; Institutional Challenges, Health and Science Policy, Economic and Regulatory Policy, and Monetary Policy. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences Terms will be set after a proposal has been accepted Rolling
Open Road Alliance Global 501c3  OPEN ROAD ALLIANCE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 They are supporting organizations that are responding directly to COVID-19 and can also demonstrate how their intervention moves towards longer term adaptation and systemic/sustainable impact beyond the immediate outbreak. As the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 promise to be a permanent fixture of our world, ‘flattening the curve’ is increasingly dependent on adapting for the long term as well as responding to immediate and short-term needs. Biomedical/Nursing/Engineering $100,000 Rolling
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations.  Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health - COVID-19 Focus They are interested in ideas that can address, directly or indirectly, any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, they welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences/Nursing $315,000 Rolling
Mercatus Center at George Mason University A PI at an academic institution; Already working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months COVID-19—Fast Grants If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant Biomedical/ Engineering/ Physical Sciences $10,000– $500,000 Rolling
Schmidt Futures To be eligible to participate in the Competition and win an award as an Entrant that is an entity, you must (a) be validly existing, duly organized, and in good standing in the jurisdiction of your organization, (b) be able to receive payments legally from the United States in US dollars, (c) be competing in a jurisdiction in which the Competition is not prohibited by applicable law; (d) have a bank account into which funds can legally be deposited from the United States in US dollars. Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition The goal of the Tools Competition is to spur the development and deployment of technologies that can accelerate the recovery from pandemic learning loss and advance the field of learning engineering.  Engineering/Education $250,000 Concept Paper
9/18/2020
Pfizer The following may apply: medical, dental, nursing, allied health, and/or pharmacy professional schools; healthcare institutions (both large and small); professional associations and medical societies; medical education companies; and other entities with a mission related to healthcare professional education and/or healthcare improvement. Implementation of Telemedicine in Inflammatory Conditions due to COVID-19: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Atopic Dermatitis (AD), and Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need for Telemedicine programs for patients with Inflammatory Conditions, including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Atopic Dermatitis (AD), and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Biomedical $250,000 9/21/2020
PCORI Applications may be submitted by any private-sector research organization, including any nonprofit or for-profit organization, and any public-sector research organization, including any university or college hospital or healthcare system; laboratory or manufacturer; or unit of local, state, or federal government. Phased Large Awards for Comparative Effectiveness Research – Cycle 3 2020 – COVID-19 In light of the risks and uncertainties of COVID-19 on population health, health care, and research, PCORI requests applications to this PFA to include an explicit assessment of potential risks and risk management plans/contingencies for the proposed research as it may be affected by COVID-19. This PFA invites applications for high-quality comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects that will examine a critical patient-centered research question that is also relevant to decision makers and other stakeholders. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $22,000,000 LOI 9/29/20
The Pulitzer Center U.S. residents and journalists around the world Independent journalism on reporting on COVID-19 Approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis Political Science $30,000 9/30/2020
UK RAS Network Global Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020 The outbreak of novel coronavirus has sparked a global health crisis and the robotics research and innovation communities form an integral part of our response. Now more than ever, it is evident that robotics has a key role to play. Across the world, robots and drones are being repurposed and deployed as part of the COVID-19 response.  Engineering $16,336 9/30/2020
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Global COVID-19 INVESTIGATIONAL GRANTS in Reproductive Medicine and Maternal Health Ferring is interested in funding exploratory, basic, and clinical research grants to collect data and expand knowledge about the effects on SARS-CoV-2 on reproduction, pregnancy, and fetal/neonatal health. Nursing/Engineering/Biomedical $27,232 10/31/2020
The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) National scientists COVID-19 HPC Consortium The COVID-19 HPC Consortium encompasses computing capabilities from some of the most powerful and advanced computers in the world. We hope to empower researchers around the world to accelerate understanding of the COVID-19 virus and the development of treatments and vaccines to help address infections. Consortium members manage a range of computing capabilities that span from small clusters to some of the very largest supercomputers in the world. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences No specific funding amounts Not specified
Paung Sie Facility PSF National scientists COVID-19 Prevent and Prepare grants PSF Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL): Partner Guidance during COVID-19: PSF will continue to accompany partners and properly fund MEL during this time. We need to ensure our projects do no harm and contribute to a COVID-19 response which builds social cohesion. For that we may need different questions, methods and measures. The political, social and economic implications of this pandemic will affect Myanmar for many months, which means we may need to practice a different MEL approach for some time. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences No specific funding amounts Not specified
COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF) Scientists COVID-19 Drugs & Treatment The COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF) is the only organization in the world that is 100% focused on funding the most promising drugs and treatments that when given sufficiently early can reduce hospitalization and death rates.  A scientist can apply for funding and get a $1M funding commitment or more in less than a week. An independent world-class Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) makes all the funding decisions, spending an average of 25 hours reviewing each qualifying grant application. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $1,000,000 Not specified
Novartis Global Novartis COVID-19 Response Fund The fund will seek to provide financial grants for initiatives focused on but not limited to the following areas:
• Strengthening local and national healthcare infrastructure including funding of additional medical personnel, sourcing of medicines and medical equipment
• Establishing digital platforms for COVID-19 related data collection, remote delivery of healthcare and effective dissemination of important public health information
• Creating new or enhancing new community health programs specific to the pandemic response
Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $1,000,000  Not specified
Cisco The Applicant and Principal Investigator listed on a proposal must each be a full-time faculty or research staff member at a university or other research institution. Students, adjunct faculty, or part-time faculty/staff may participate in the research and be listed on the proposal but may not be a Principal Investigator. To be eligible to receive an award, an institution subject to U.S. tax law must qualify as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Pandemic/COVID19 Science, Technology and Social Impact Pandemics have far reaching consequences that range from deaths to shutting down the economy as we have witnessed during the recent COVID19 crisis. Hence there is a need to be better prepared for such pandemics. We need to solve problems ranging from predictive analytics innovative devices for saving lives to technology for devising voting machines. The social and economic impact for the above areas is huge and some of the work can be transformative and save lives.  Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences/Nursing No specific funding amounts Not specified
Gates Foundation Wellcome Trust, Mastercard Faculty, any career stage Therapeutics Therapeutics Accelerator Biomedical/
Physical Sciences
No specific
funding amount
Relationship-
based
Wellcome Trust Faculty, any career stage Drug / Vaccine Discovery / Pathogenesis Epidemic Preparedness Biomedical/
Physical Sciences/
Engineering
Up to £2 million Currently closed due to # of applications received. It may reopen