COVID-19 Funding Opportunities & FAQs

The availability of COVID-19 grants and funding opportunities to support research is rapidly evolving. Many investigators also have questions about how to deal with grant program interruptions. Listed below are links to information/FAQs from several major federal agencies on how to deal with grant interruptions. Following that is a collection of COVID-19 funding opportunities to support research from a variety of federal agencies, foundations, and organizations. Check back often for updated lists.

Please contact Lori Uttech-Hanson to share relevant funding sources at uttechhanson@wisc.edu.

Dealing with Grant Interruptions, Delays or Flexibilities due to COVID

Many UW-Madison researchers and research administrative staff have questions about how to deal with grant interruptions, delays, or flexibilities due to the pandemic and temporary closure of facilities. The NIH has a very informative webpage dedicated to FAQs, which tend to direct you to your Program Officer in most cases (see link below). All federal agencies understand what is going on, but may have less thorough information than NIH. If you find your question is not addressed on the agency’s website, it is advisable to email the Program Officer, copying your RSP accountant.  RSP also has different sponsors’ COVID-19 information posted on their website. Please click on the links below for guidance and FAQs related to grant delays and interruptions from several major funders and additional information posted on the RSP website:

Funding Opportunities Related to COVID-19

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Grant Database Lists (Free Access to Collections of Funding Announcements)

Ex Libris Research Professional:  The Ex Libris Research Professional together with Pivot® funding services are providing free access to a list of select funding opportunities related to combatting the coronavirus and COVID-19. By raising awareness of these resources, which are offered from a wide range of global funders, they hope to help researchers expand their scholarly efforts to understand and contend with this global pandemic.
Link is: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/covid-19-funding-opportunities/

Grant Forward: GrantForward has provided a free list of grants related to addressing COVID-19 ranging from small foundation to large-scale federal research grants in an effort to help researchers and others find science-based solutions to address this global pandemic.
Link is:  https://www.grantforward.com/grant-covid

GrantStation: GrantStation’s list includes funding opportunities for nonprofits, small businesses, journalists, and artists.
Link is: https://grantstation.com/covid-19-related-funding

InfoEd Global:  InfoEd Global shares this library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources for researchers and the broader community at large. This site is updated daily.
Link is: https://www.infoedglobal.com/COVID19/COVID-19  

National Institutes of Health: Funding specific to COVID-19 (also in table below with more information).
Link is: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/COVID-Related.cfm#active 

Pivot: Pivot has given free access to a list of COVID-19 related funding sources, and they are updating the list weekly.
Link is: https://www.researchprofessionalnews.com/covid-19-funding-opportunities/

WI Center for Technology Commercialization: The CTC has posted a list of federal agencies that are supporting research and development in response to the coronavirus.  Many of these agencies are included in the panels below on this medRAMP website, with information on specific funding announcements.
Link is: https://wisconsinctc.org/federal-funding-and-partnership-opportunities-in-the-fight-against-coronavirus/

Stermlyne Research Software: Streamlyne’s intelligent natural language processing tool enables researchers to locate articles on SARS-CoV-2  and related viruses quickly and efficiently within the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) created by the Allen Institute for AI, in partnership with several tech companies and the OSTP.  The dataset is linked to the World Health Organization (WHO) database of publications on coronavirus disease and other resources.  The website also provides a sample list of some of the most promising COVID-19 research efforts at universities and independent research institutions.
Link is: https://c19priority.ai/

SPIN infoED Funding Database: infoEd Global is proud to be able to share this library of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources with colleagues in the research realm and the broader community at large.
Link is: https://www.infoedglobal.com/COVID19/COVID-19.html

InnoCentive COVID-19 Challenges: This page is exclusively for Coronavirus related challenges. InnoCentive and Wazoku are initiating the first of these challenges and are already working with organizations to design and post others. Each challenge will have a specific problem area defined for either required Solutions or Ideas to be submitted. Clients from the public and private sectors will be named in the challenges as having provided support, funding and reviewing expertise for solutions submitted.
• Link is: https://innocentive.wazoku.com/#/community/927970fbe1cb43a38b33c636dfbc2b8d/home-page

National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline Notice Activity Code
1 NIA, NIAID, NIDDK, NIDA, NIMH, NIEHS, NICHD, NIAAA, NIBIB, NHGRI, NIMHD, NCATS, NIDCH, NCI, NIDCR Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Urgent Supplement – Clinical Trial Optional) Must reflect your needs Varies by awarding IC PA-18-935
2 NIAID Administrative Supplement Not limited 2/6/2020 - Applications accepted through 2/6/2021 PA-18-591
3 NIGMS Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Causative Virus SARS-CoV-2 Must reflect your needs 3/5/2020 - Applications accepted through 2/5/2021 NOT-GM-20-025
5 NIDA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus $100K direct costs/yr 3/19/2020 -Applications accepted through 3/31/2021 NOT-DA-20-047 333
7 NIMH, NIA, NIAAA, NIMHD, (ODP) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Mental Health Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Contact program officer 3/27/2020 - Applications accepted through 4/15/2021 NOT-MH-20-047 333
8 NIAID (UPDATED) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Select Research Areas for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Check RFA(s) within 6/16/2020 - Application accepted through 9/08/2021 NOT-AI-20-051 (Replaces NOT-AI-20-031) 333
9 NIA, NIMH, NIAAA Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIA Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Must reflect your needs 4/6/2020 - Applications accepted through 5/1/2021 NOT-AG-20-022 333
10 OBSSR, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NIDDK, NIEHS, NCCIH, NCI, (ODP, ORWH) Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the Behavioral and Social Sciences $200,000 (direct costs) 4/13/2020 -Applications accepted until 3/31/2021 NOT-OD-20-097 333
13 NIHMD, NIA, NIMH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Competitive and Administrative Supplements for the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Minority Health and Health Disparities $125,000 (direct costs) 5/1/2020 - Applications accepted through 5/1/2021 NOT-MD-20-019 333
14 NIEHS Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): NIEHS Support for Understanding the Impact of Environmental Exposures on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Must reflect your needs 5/1/2020, 6/1/2020, 7/01/2020, 8/03/2020, 9/01/2020, 10/01/2020, 11/02/2020, 12/01/2020, 1/04/2021, 2/01/2021, 3/01/2021, 4/01/2021, 5/03/2021 NOT-ES-20-020 333, R21
Sponsor Program Funding Deadline Notice Activity Code

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Name Funding Deadline Notice
3 AHRQ Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19 (R01) $1,000,000 6/15/2020 RFA-HS-02-003
Sponsor Program Name Funding Deadline Notice

Department of Defense

Department of Defense

wdt_ID Sponser Program Funding Deadline
1 DoD Request for Information for PPE in response to COVID-19 N/A 3/24/2020 (information accepted on a rolling basis)
7 DoD Department of Army Prototype development of a COVID-19 Pandemic Therapeutic Rapid Advanced Research and Development (ARD) to Large Scale Manufacturing (W911QY-20-S-0019) Contract 2/28/2021
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10 DoD - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) SenSARS (DARPA-PA-20-01-04) $1,000,000 12/01/2020
11 DOD Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Biological Technologies Office (BTO)
Biological Technologies (HR001120S0044) $250,000 4/22/2021

Health Resources and Services Administration

Health Resources and Services Administration

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Name Funding Deadline
11 HRSA Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health $250,000 04/09/2021

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
6 PCORI Phased Large Awards in Comparative Effectiveness Research (PLACER) $22,000,000 9/29/2020 for Letter of Intent; 1/21/2021 for Full Application
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8 PCORI Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research -- Cycle 3 2020 $750,000 direct costs (total over 3 years) 9/29/2020 for Letter of Intent; 1/12/2021 application deadline
9 PCORI Implementation of Findings from PCORI's Major Research Investments -- Cycle 3 2020 $2,500,000 total costs (over 3 years) 9/22/2020 for Letter of Intent; 12/01/2020 application deadline
10 PCORI Limited PCORI Funding Announcement: Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results – Cycle 3 2020 $1,000,000 in total direct costs (over 3 years) 9/22/2020 for Letter of Intent; 12/01/2020 application deadline
11 PCORI Engagement Award: Capacity Building $2,500,000 total (over 2 years) 10/02/2020 for Letter of Intent; application due 40 days after LO invite
12 PCORI Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative $250,000 total (over 2 years) 10/01/2020 for Letter of Intent; proposal due 40 days after LOI invite
13 PCORI Engagement Award: Stakeholder Convening Support $100,000 total (1 year) 10/01/2020 for Letter of Intent; proposal due 40 days after LOI invitation
14 PCORI Broad PCORI Funding Announcements – Cycle 3 2020 (Health Disparities, Assessment of Options, Dissemination Research, Improving Healthcare Systems) Addressing Disparities; Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options; and Improving Healthcare Systems: up to $3 million (Small) - up to $5 million (Large) — Communication & Dissemination Research: up to $2 million 9/29/2020 for Letter of Intent; 1/12/2021 application deadline
15 PCORI Broad PCORI Funding Announcements -- Cycle 1 2021 TBD - PFA available 1/05/2021 2.02/2021 for Letter of Intent; 5/04/2021 for Full Application

CDC & Other Department of Health and Human Services Opportunities

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
1 NSF RAPID: Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) $200,000 Check with program officers
2 NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) $200,000 (RAPID) & supplemental funding requests Check with program officers
4 NSF Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) $50,000 for Stage 1; $1,000,000 for Stage 2 8/03/2020 - Stage 1 (Planning); 3/31/2021 - Stage 2
5 NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases* $2,500,000 total 11/17/2021
6 NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) (21-535) • Integrative Research: Track 1 - $1,500,001-$2,500,000; Track 2 $1,500,000
• Planning: $150,000
• Virtual Organization: $250,000/year
2/24/2021
7 NSF Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) (20-612) $850,000 1/25/2021; 10/18/2021; 10/17/2022
8 NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) (21-500 ) CORE & TPP: Small - $500,000; Medium -$500,000 to $1,200,000
CORE: Large - $1,200,001-$3,000,000
EDU: $400,000 to $500,000
Large: 1/21/2021-1/29/2021
Small/Medium/EDU: 10/01/2020-9/30/2021
11 NSF Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) (20-579 ) DISES Research Projects: $1,600,000
DISES-RCN Awards: $500,000
11/21/2021 & annually thereafter
12 NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (20-595) $1,000,000 March 25, 2022; March 25, Annually Thereafter
13 NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Sentinel Cells for Surveillance and Response to Emergent Infectious Diseases (Sentinels) (NSF 20-105) Based on applicable program (NSF 21-509; PD 20-7909, NSF PD 20-1491) Rolling deadlines

Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Name Funding Deadline
5 National Institute of Food and Agriculture Rural Health and Saftey Education Department of Agriculture Unspecified 4/29/2021

Other Sponsors & Funding Opportunities

Other Sponsors

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
1 Mozilla COVID-19 Solutions Fund $50,000 Applications accepted on a rolling basis
2 Department of Energy Invitation for COVID-19 scientific questions DOE Resources 3/18/2020 - Review starts 3/18 but applications accepted on a rolling basis
11 Wellcome Trust & UK Department for International Development Epidemic Preparedness: COVID-19 funding call Up to £2 million available Currently closed
12 Merck KGaA (Germany) Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness $1,500,000 ($500,000 €/yr for 3 yrs) Applications accepted on a rolling basis
25 Autism Speaks COVID19_Resource_Call.pdf Not Applicable Not specified
27 Biogen Foundation (review request guidelines) COVID-19 Response Not specified Accepting applications - no due date specified
29 Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation DRK Covid-19 Urgent Response Initiative (CURI) $50,000-$100,000 (TBD - CURI invests 25% max of total) Rolling deadline
60 U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Global Health and Prosperity Initiative $5,000,000 to $500,000,000 No deadline; applications accepted on a rolling basis
62 Gates Foundation COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Share ideas Ongoing
63 COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF) Funding for Outpatent Trials Up to $1,000,000 Currently accepting applications

The Rheumatology Research Foundation

The Rheumatology Research Foundation

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
3 RWJF The 2020 Systems for Action Supplemental COVID-19 Studies Call for Proposals $200,000 for up to 2 years Deadline has passed
Sponsor Program Funding Deadline

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
4 RWJF RWJF Health Data for Action: (Data Access Award) -Successful applicants granted access to the selected data set at no cost to the grantee.
-$100,000 for First-Time External Funding Recipient Awards
12/17/2020 for brief proposal; 4/15/2021 for invited full proposal
6 RWJF Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health Not specified Rolling
7 RWJF Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health No specified Rolling
8 RWJF Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice Not defined; however average award is $250,000 ($2M available) 11/24/2020 for Letter of Intent; 4/07/2021 for Full Application

Internal UW-Madison Funding Opportunities

UWCCC BioBank – COVID 19-Related Blood Samples for Research

Internal UW-Madison Opportunities

wdt_ID Sponsor Program Funding Deadline
1 Wisconsin Partnership Program COVID-19 Response Grant $750,000 to support community-led projects and $750,000 to support projects led by UW-Madison researchers. Award amounts will range between $25,000 and $150,000, for a duration of up to 12 months Deadline has passed
4 UWCCC Translational Science BioCore BioBank, UW SMPH & Wisconsin Partnership Program (NEW) COVID-19 BioBank Initiative Request for Proposals Access to UWCCC BioBank resources (samples, clinical or survey data) to further COVID-19 research efforts Applications reviewed monthly, and approvals granted on a rolling basis
6 UW ICTR Novel Methods Award $50,000 Deadline has passed
7 UW ICTR Clinical & Community Outcomes Research $75,000 Deadline has passed
8 UW ICTR Collaborative Health Equity Research $50,000 Deadline has passed
9 UW ICTR Evidence to Implementation $52,500 Deadline has passed
10 UW ICTR Marshfield Clinic/Marshfield Clinic-UW Award $75,000 Deadline has passed
11 UW ICTR Stakeholder and Patient Engaged Research $100,000 Deadline has passed
12 UW ICTR Translational Basic & Clinical Research Pilot Awards $50,000 12/21/2020 for Letter of Intent; 2/22/2021 for Full Application
13 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Research Forward $500,000 12/21/2020 for Abstract; 2/01/2021 for Full Proposal

Fast Grants Funding for COVID-19 Science

Note: Applications to Fast Grants is currently paused due to receipt of a very large number of qualified submissions. They may be reopened again in the future. Please go to the Fast Grants website to sign up if you’d like to be notified when they are reopened.
Link is: https://fastgrants.org/
About Fast Grants:

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this. If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, Fast Grants invites you to apply for frant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If approved, you’ll receive payment as quickly as the University can receive it. Below are brief instructions, followed by FAQs:

(A) Instructions:

(1) Fill out the application: The application form should take less than 30 minutes. The grants are currently supported by: John Collison, Patrick Collison, Paul Graham, Reid Hoffman, Fiona McKean and Tobias Lütke, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Chris and Crystal Sacca. These funders have committed over $10M to funding Fast Grant awardees.

If you are an interested funder, please reach out: fund@fastgrants.org.

(B) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(1) Who is eligible to apply for a Fast Grant?
You must be:

  • A PI at an academic institution;
  • Already working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months;
  • In need of additional funding to complete the project;
  • Researchers outside the US are eligible for funding.

(2) Why the six month constraint?
Most existing funding bodies focus on supporting longer-term work. Given COVID-19’s human costs, speed is of paramount importance.

(4) Who will make grant decisions?
A panel of biomedical scientists will make funding recommendations to Emergent Ventures.

(5) What can a Fast Grant be used for?
Fast Grants must be used solely to expedite COVID-19-related science. Beyond that, the grant recipient has complete discretion over how it is spent.

(6) What criteria will panelists use?
Fast Grants prefers projects that are cheap (so that funding dollars go further) and that will yield results quickly (during COVID-19, days matter).

(7) Does the grant go to the PI or to the university?
This is at the discretion of the applicant.

(8) When can I apply?
Fast Grants opened at 12:00 Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.  The first round of awards was announced starting on April 12.

(9) What conditions apply?

  • You must use the grant to work on COVID-19-related science.
  • You must send monthly updates, summarizing your progress, for 6 months (can be as simple as a single-paragraph email).
  • You must upload all manuscripts reporting work supported by the grant to a preprint server such as bioRxiv or arXiv upon submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • In line with Gates Foundation policy, will pay at most 10% in overhead costs to the university.

(10) How do IP rights work?
Apart from the open science publication requirement above, there are no IP restrictions associated with Fast Grants.

(11) Who administers Fast Grants?
Fast Grants is a part of Emergent Ventures, a project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. For Canadian recipients, Fast Grants makes funding recommendations to the Thistledown Foundation.

(12) Will the identities of grant recipients be made public?
This shall be at the recipient’s discretion. Fast Grants will list those who agree to be named and provide regular updates on the total dollars that have been allocated.

(13) What inspired Fast Grants?
During World War II, the NDRC accomplished a lot of research very quickly. In his memoir, Vannevar Bush recounts: “Within a week NDRC could review the project. The next day the director could authorize, the business office could send out a letter of intent, and the actual work could start.” Fast Grants are an effort to unlock progress at a cadence similar to that which served us well then.