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COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities

Many federal agencies and other sponsors are announcing funding opportunities to address challenges posed by COVID-19.  Current opportunities are listed below.  This list is updated frequently. 


RIT uses GrantForward for funding opportunity identification.  GrantForward has established a user-friendly COVID-19 funding page at


The SPIN database is tracking COVID-19/Coronavirus-related funding opportunities and other types of community resources and making that information available to everyone. Accessing this information does not require a subscription or any kind of registration with InfoEd Global. The information can be accessed via this link:

National Institutes of Health

NIH is devoting significant resources to COVID-19.  To get funding to the research community quickly, NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards.  The Emergency Competitive Revision FOA and the Urgent Competitive Revision FOA are similar but are available to different institutes and have some other distinctions.  Applications must be submitted under a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI).  A list of NOSIs is maintained at the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information page in the section Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19.  The Open Mike blog has further information on COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities.  

A limited number of NOSIs are allowing new submissions, including

National Science Foundation

NSF has a number of funding opportunties at their coronavirus page at  These are updated frequently and some of them are listed below.

  • Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019, NSF 20-052.  NSF is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.  NSF encourages responses through existing funding opportunities and invites researchers to use the Rapid Response Research funding mechanism.
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease, NSF 20-055.  The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities. Such activities would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program or the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program.  Read the entire DCL at
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19, NSF 20-065.  The Division of Innovation and Industrial Partnerships (IIP) of the Engineering Directorate invites US-based small businesses to submit Phase I proposals focused on the development and deployment of new technologies, products, processes, and services with the potential to positively impact the nation’s and world’s ability to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Areas of research that might be considered include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence, digital health, diagnostics, distributed ledger, environmental technologies, medical devices, pharmaceutical technologies, disinfection and sterilization, and filtration and separations.  Read the entire DCL at  Deadline: June 4, 2020; September 3, 2020; December 3, 2020.


Department of Defense

Presolicitation for Prototype Development to Combat Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.  MTEC-Presolicitation-COVID-19  Deadline: April 15, 2020

DOD Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Deadline: May 15, 2020.  DOD is offering funding for "transformative ideas" to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in areas of immense potential benefit.  This FOA should be viewed as an opportunity to propose work outside the bounds of traditional proposals.

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Investigator-Initated Research Award for Novel Coronavirus.  Deadline: May 28, 2020.  Focus areas for emerging viral diseases and respiratory health, seeking original ideas that foster new directions along the entire spectrum of research and clinical care.

The Department of the Army invites applications to its xTech COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge to develop a low-cost, readily manufacturable emergency ventilator to quickly augment ventilator capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Deadline: May 31, 2020.