COVID-19 Research

Below is a select list of funding opportunities selected by our staff.  Contact us for more information or help in applying for funding.

All RFPs in COVID-19 Research

Carnegie Corporation of New York—Reimagining Multilateralism

March 02, 2021

The failure of international responses to COVID-19 is only the most recent and dramatic example of the inability of long-standing cooperative mechanisms and institutions to withstand the pressures

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)—Maternal COVID-19 as a potential risk for autism: Supplemental funding for ongoing pregnancy cohorts

March 12, 2021

Grants awarded through this RFA will supplement funding from other agencies for ongoing pregnancy cohorts to broaden biospecimen collection and to extend post-natal family tracking. These cohorts and biospecimen collections can be leveraged in future research to understand the effects of gestational infection and inflammation on autism risk in children. 

Russell Sage Foundation—Behavioral Economics; Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Social, Political and Economic Inequality

May 04, 2021

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral EconomicsDecision Making and Human Behavior in ContextFuture of WorkRace, Ethnicity, and ImmigrationSocial, Political, and Economic Inequality. In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues: 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. RWJF is interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, RWJF welcomes 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. 

Ginkgo Bioworks—Partner COVID-19 Projects

Ginkgo has built their platform to enable partners across a wide range of applications to rapidly scale their R&D efforts, and they want to apply this technology today to the fight against the pandemic. To support the people building the treatments that will stop COVID-19 Ginkgo is now offering: 

COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium is a unique private-public effort spearheaded by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM to bring together federal government, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines. 

The Mercatus Center—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 facing the United States and other countries in the response to the pandemic.  

COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF)—Outpatient Clinical Trials for COVID-19

The CETF is the only organization in the world that exclusively funds outpatient clinical trials for COVID-19. 

WikiCred—WikiCred Grants Program

WikiCred supports research, software projects and Wikimedia events that explore information reliability and credibility. WikiCred also plans and supports small-production, high-scale initiatives in North America that focus on improving and information literacy and credibility on the internet and beyond. 

Emergent Ventures: Fast Grants—Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

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. Scientists at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, are invited to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 14 days. If approved for a grant, payment will be made as quickly as your university can receive it. 

Social Science Research Council—Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. SSRC specifically encourages proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed. 

ECMC Foundation—Grants to Implement Systemic Reforms to Increase College Success and Career Readiness

Demand for funding has increased dramatically in the last several weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.  As a result, we are giving priority to those requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. The Foundation is especially interested in those proposals that focus on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds. 

Pfizer—COVID-19 Vaccine Grants

As a leader in the development of vaccines, Pfizer is proud to support independent efforts in areas of research, education and quality improvement with a primary goal of optimizing the prevention of COVID-19. Given the urgency and complexity of efforts required to respond to the global pandemic, Pfizer is launching thier COVID-19 vaccine grant program in phases. 

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