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COVID-19 Innovation

In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, the Wond’ry is working to generate and find effective and innovative solutions to critical issues.  Check this page often for updates.


COVID-19 Virtual Screening Tool

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a free, web-based, COVID-19 “virtual-self screening” tool.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus. This site can serve as a free risk assessment for patients and providers.

Click here to access the tool


COVID-19 Research and Innovation Funding

Vanderbilt University has established a new COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund. The fund enables donations to support research and innovation projects to fight COVID-19.

Click here for information on donating to the COVID-19 Research and Innovation Fund


Vanderbilt University is also keeping a list of funding opportunities for COVID-19 research.

Click here for links to public funding opportunities

Click here for links to private funding opportunities


Commodore Open-Source Ventilator

Commodore Open-Source Ventilator v3.1
Commodore Open-Source Ventilator v3.1

The Commodore Open-Source Ventilator is a low-cost, easy-to-build ventilator option for emergency usage in times of crisis, using everyday materials that are readily available almost everywhere.  Plans and assembly instructions for the device are being provided at  

Disclaimer: This device has not been tested on a live human and does not currently have FDA approval. This device is currently only intended for patients who are sedated, intubated, and chemically paralyzed, and should only be operated under the care of an experienced physician. No material on this site is intended to provide medical advice. All designs are intended for investigational use only. does not represent any official policies or procedures of Vanderbilt University. The material on this site is provided with no warranties explicit or implied.

Get Instructions for the Commodore Open Source Ventilator HERE


Homemade PPE Masks

Face masks are an important element of protection when interacting with others during an infectious disease pandemic.  However, the current crisis is causing a shortage of mask availability for healthcare professionals.  To combat this, one option is for individuals to create their own masks.  In collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the group MedThreads Volunteers Nashville has developed an instructional video showing how to create your own face mask.

Click HERE to watch the video


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Other Opportunities

Feed the Front Line Nashville is working to keep local restaurants in business and keep local healthcare workers fed nourishing meals during the crisis.