COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation

  • Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (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.
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 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. Proposals in response to this DCL and the NSF DCL on COVID-19 (NSF 20-052) may also request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as Frontera, Stampede2, Bridges, Comet, and JetStream. To ensure availability of these computing resources, investigators must contact OAC prior to submission of the proposal.
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19: 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. Interested proposers are invited to submit to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Program.

National Institutes of Health

Department of Defense

  • Prototype Development to Combat Novel Coronavirus Disease COVID-19: In light of the magnitude and potential threat that the coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to our military’s health and readiness, the Government seeks to rapidly accelerate the inquiry, testing, and fielding of new 21st century capabilities, employing novel technologies and approaches to the detection of exposure, prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19 and future emerging threats.
  • DOD’s Project Vulcan released a DIY Hack-a-Vent Innovation Challenge With the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the US and world face a realistic threat of overwhelming the medical system, and more specifically, running out of available ventilators. With SARS-CoV-2 viruses (to include the Coronavirus), the primary area of the body impacted is the pulmonary system. In certain individuals, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) develops and rapidly leads to a critical need for mechanical ventilation/breathing support. We are entering a time period, however, where “ventilators are like gold,” and we anticipate a potential for a widespread lack of ventilators to support critical care requirements across the nation and the world. Due to the epidemiology of the disease, time is of the essence. Over the next 2-weeks, this Innovation Challenge seeks to pool the brilliant minds and expertise of our Nation to develop a low-cost, non-FDA approved, mechanical ventilation support system that can be rapidly produced at local levels with widely available resources.
  • Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) MTEC is issuing this announcement announcement for a Request for Project Proposals (RPP) focused on the development of prototypes aimed to treat COVID-19 with the following focus area: Therapeutic(s) that can treat COVID-19. Treatments with potential application to the prevention of COVID-19 infection are desired. Therapeutics that can be administered in a non-hospital environment are desired. Enhanced White Papers are due no later than April 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. Due to the critical and urgent nature of the technical topic area, MTEC membership is NOT required for the submission of an Enhanced White Paper in response to this MTEC RPP. However, membership will be required for Offerors recommended for award.
  • MTEC anticipates releasing several COVID-19 RPPS. Pre-Announcements are posted here: Once they are open RPPS are posted here with all the details: (due dates/format/submission info etc.)
    • Active: 20-09-COVID-19 Development of Treatments for COVID-19 Amendment 1
    • Pre-Announcement Released: 20-10-COVID-19_NETCCN Telehealth patient management to monitor and direct care to non-hospital settings
    • Potential Upcoming: Treatment of COVID-19 related Severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Acute Lung Injury Technologies to reduce medical workforce burden and maximize resource utilization
      Point-of-care diagnostics to rapidly ID infected individuals
      Predictive analytics that can forecast potential hot spots and empower decision makers response actions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Department of Energy


  • The Gates Foundation, American Heart Association (AHA), Russell Sage Foundation, etc.

Additional COVID-19 Resources