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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
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 ASAP/Rolling
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
Spencer Foundation  Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a COVID-19 Related Research Grant on Education must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related The COVID-19 Related Research Grants supports education research projects that will understand the rapid shifts and contribute to the improvement of education during this time of crisis.   Education  $50,000 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
Emergency Medicine Foundation An emergency physician must be a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. Co-Investigators from the emergency medicine team or other disciplines are encouraged. COVID-19 Research Grant Opportunity The goals of the Emergency Medicine Foundation COVID-19 Grant are to conduct research that will provide high-impact new knowledge to advance emergency patient care, improve response of hospitals/healthcare and EMS systems, and protect emergency medicine healthcare professionals during pandemics. Engineering/Nursing/Biomedical $50,000 6/5/2020
Booz Allen Foundation Individuals, teams of individuals, U.S. tax-exempt nonprofits, or small for-profit businesses Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Grant: COVID-19 Solutions Innovation Fund provides grants and microgrants to nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and startups and small businesses that want to harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to develop solutions that will improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. Engineering/Physical Sciences/Law/Education $100,000 6/5/2020
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation No restrictions found Coronavirus Urgent Response Initiative DRK is ready to find, 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. Biomedical/Engineering/Nursing $100,000 6/6/2020
National Education Association Foundation Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members. COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Rapid Response Funding is to support educator-led initiatives to adapt to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic during the summer months of 2020. Education $5,000 6/11/2020
Stevens Initiative Organizations must be based in the United States or in the Middle East and North Africa. Applicants based in the United States must be tax-exempt non-profit organizations, including educational institutions. Coronavirus Response Fund The Initiative views virtual exchange as programs that: use online technology to connect individuals and small groups between countries; are based on a curriculum or activity plan; involve qualified facilitators (such as educators or others); and involve sustained communication and collaboration synchronously (in real-time) or asynchronously over a period of time. Education $100,000 6/12/2020
23andMe Institutions can be domestic or foreign, public or private, but must be non-commercial and the research must also be for non-commercial purposes. Researchers may be at any stage of their careers. Research Innovation Collaborations Program We seek collaborators with complementary datasets, expertise, and analytic techniques to work with 23andMe scientists to enable new genetic discoveries. 23andMe will also consider collaboration proposals focused on COVID-19. Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences No specific funding amounts 6/12/2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators and companies at any stage of development Emergency Response for the Health Care System Innovation Challenge: COVID-19 related The health care system faces several challenges during an emergency such as:
• Resource Management
• Health Data Exchange
• Training and Communication
• Capacity
Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $25,000 6/12/2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators/VU Students may be most likely to apply Emergency Response for the General Public Innovation Challenge: COVID-19 related Submissions will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:
• Impact
• UX/UI
• Innovation/Creativity
• Scalability
Biomedical/Engineering/Physical Sciences $25,000  6/12/2020
Microsoft  Nonprofits, academia, and governments Microsoft AI for Health COVID-19 Grant Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
• Potential benefits and clearly defined impact to the COVID-19 response
• Feasibility of the technical approach
• Need for Azure Computing and/or AI to solve the problem
• Knowledge and experience managing Azure within your organization
• Estimated computing resource requirements
Biomedical/Physical Sciences/Engineering No specific funding amount 6/15/2020
The Social Science Research Council Researchers who hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and are based at an institution of higher education (college or university) or a non-profit focused on social research COVID-19 Initiative: Social Data Research Fellowship Supports projects in the social sciences and humanities that focus on two key areas: 1) advancing scholarly research on the role social media plays in election and democracy, and 2) expanding best practices and methods for accessing and analyzing relevant data that can inform our understanding of the impact of social data on democracy Social Sciences $50,000 6/16/2020
The Social Science Research Council PhD students who are actively enrolled in a PhD program may apply for support of dissertation research. Applicants to the program should have completed all PhD coursework by the beginning of the fellowship term COVID-19: Social Data Dissertation Fellowship Supports projects in the social sciences and humanities that focus on two key areas: 1) advancing scholarly research on the role social media plays in election and democracy, and 2) expanding best practices and methods for accessing and analyzing relevant data that can inform our understanding of the impact of social data on democracy Social Sciences $15,000 6/16/2020
Pfizer - Global
- Only organizations are eligible
- The applicant (PI) must have a medical or postdoctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent), an advanced nursing degree (BSN with a MS/PhD), or a degree in Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, or Social Work.
- Applicant must be affiliated with a host institution
Vaccine Preventable Diseases – COVID-19 To support research to increase knowledge of COVID-19 epidemiology, infection, pathophysiology, and potential prevention measures. Biomedical/Engineering $250,000 6/17/2020
MIT Solve Faculty, any career stage Solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response Health Security and Pandemics Challenge Biomedical/
Nursing/
Engineering
$10,000 6/18/2020
Amazon Web Services Faculty, any career stage COVID-19 diagnostic solutions Diagnostic Development Initiative Biomedical/
Physical Science/
Engineering
In-kind credit
and technical
service
6/30/2020
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) Worldwide, to all types of organizations: for profit companies; non-profit organizations; international institutions and foundations; joint R&D ventures; government research organizations; and other vaccine developers. Applicant must be affiliated with a host institution. Achieving an unprecedented acceleration of vaccine development and global manufacturing capacity to prevent COVID-19. CEPI’s core goal in releasing this call for proposals is to accelerate the development of safe and effective vaccines by organizations who can rapidly deliver at scale and to ensure that the supply of vaccine doses is made available to meet the public health need on a worldwide basis during the pandemic. Biomedical/Engineering No specific funding amounts 6/30/2020
The United Nations Development Programme Centre U.S. citizens over 13 years old are eligible. COVID-19 Detect and Protect Challenge This extraordinary global situation demands a global response. As an answer, the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development and Hackster.io are joining forces with the world’s brightest technology companies. They are calling on hardware and software developers, product designers, scientists, hackers, makers, and innovators to come together to work for those who will be hardest hit by this pandemic. Engineering/Physical Sciences $25,000 6/30/2020
National Education Association Foundation Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members. COVID-19 Response Student Success Grants Student Success Grant is to support educator-led initiatives that increase educational equity and opportunity, responding to student needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Education $5,000 7/15/2020
National Education Association Foundation Applicants must be teachers, education support professionals, or specialized instructional support personnel and must be current NEA members. COVID-19 Response Learning and Leadership Grants Response Learning & Leadership grants is to support educator's professional development focused on adapting teaching and learning to the unique challenges of the 2020-2021 school year. Education $5,000 7/15/2020
NORCAL Group Foundation Section 501(c)(3) COVID-19 Relief & Response Campaign Grants that support COVID-19 Relief and Response efforts organizations that serve the healthcare community. Campaign Target Areas:
• Virtual Telehealth
• Caregiver Counseling
• Protective Equipment
Nursing/Engineering/Biomedical $10,000 7/31/2020
World Bank/Identification for Development/MIT Solve Organizations involved in research, advocacy, design and implementation of digital ID systems, digital payment or social protection systems. Individuals must be of at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Organizations must be legally established entities (profit, non-profit, academic) in their respective countries.  Mission Billion Challenge/COVID-19 The World Bank’s Mission Billion Global Prize is seeking solutions to ensure ID systems are inclusive of women and girls, and vulnerable groups while taking into account the social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Engineering/Computer Science $150,000 8/14/2020
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
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