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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research has identified various funding opportunities to support researchers as they address the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer back to this webpage for additional updates on funding opportunities related to COVID-19.

National Science Foundation

U.S. Department of Defense

  1. DARPA Polyplexus, No Deadline

  2. Defense Sciences Office BAA; Deadline: June 12, 2020

  3. Clinical Trial Award for Emerging Viral Diseases & Respiratory Health; Deadline: Pre-app: June 8; Full app: June 22 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institutes of Health

  1. To see all NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19, please visit:

  2. NIH POCTRN: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx): Fast-track Program for COVID-19 Development & Distribution; Deadline: Rolling deadline

Other Funding Opportunities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Other External Funding Opportunities

  1. Amazon Web Services: Diagnostic Development Initiative

  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Solve Health Security & Pandemics Challenge; Deadline: June 18, 2020

  3. U.S. Department of Energy: Department of Energy Call for Suggestions and Collaborations to address COVID-19; No Deadline

  4. Xsede: COVID-19 HPC Consortium; Deadline: none specified

  5. XPRIZE: XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance; Deadline: none specified

  6. Google: COVID-19 Research Grants for Cloud Credits; Deadline: none specified

  7. Mozilla: COVID-19 Solutions Fund; Deadline: None Specified

  8. Artist Relief: COVID-19 Grant for Artists and Creative Workers: Cycle III; Deadline: June 17, 2020

  9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Mastercard:  COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator; Deadline: None specified

  10. PCORI: COVID-19-Related Enhancements to Existing PCORI-Funded Research Projects; Deadline: Rolling deadline

  11. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health; Deadlines: Rolling deadline

  12. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Emergency Response for the Health System Innovation Challenge; Deadline: June 12, 2020

  13. Merck KGaA: Research Grant for Pandemic Preparedness; Deadline: Rolling deadline

  14. Emergency Medicine Foundation: COVID-19 Research Grant Opportunities; Deadline: June 5, 2020

  15. Microsoft: AI for Health COVID-19 Grant; Deadline: June 15, 2020

  16. Dept. of State: Countering Corruption amid COVID-19; Deadline: June 12, 2020

  17. Social Science Research Council:  Rapid-Response Grants on COVID-19 & the Social Sciences; Deadline: June 1, 2020

  18. Spencer Foundation: Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grants Cycle; Deadline: May 4, May 18, June 8

  19. Dept. of State: U.S. Mission to India: COVID-19 Small Grants Program; Deadlines; May 31, June 30, July 31, August 31, September 30, 2020

  20. The Booz Allen Foundation: Do you want to solve an urgent social issue created by COVID-19? Apply for a Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Grant and make change that counts.; Deadline: June 5, 2020

  21. EPA: State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects; Deadline: June 30, 2020

  22. CEPI: Achieving an unprecedented acceleration of vaccine development and global manufacturing capacity to prevent COVID-19; Deadline: rollling deadline until June 30, 2020

  23. IMLS: CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries; Deadline: June 12, 2020

  24. Medical School/Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM): COVID-19 Decision Modeling Initiative; Deadline: June 30, 2020

  25. Economic Development Association: PWEAAP and CARES Act Funding; Deadline: Rolling 

  26. Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation: Coronavirus Urgent Response Initiative; Deadline: Rolling 

  27. Pfizer: Vaccine Preventable Diseases COVID-19; Deadline: Rolling deadline until June 17, 2020 

  28. UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems Network: Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020; Deadline: September 30, 2020 

  29. Social Science Research Council: Social Data Research and Dissertation Fellowship; Deadline: June 16, 2020

Internal Funding Opportunities

  1. MDRC, MCDTR, MNORC: MDiabetes COVID-19 and Metabolic Disease Grant Program; Deadline: June 15

Internal Resources

  1. U-M Foundation Relations COVID-19 page

  2. U-M Office of Tech Transfer’s COVID-19 page

  3. U-M Library COVID-19 Research Guide

  4. IHPI COVID-19-related resources; Contact Patrick Brady at

  5. MICHR Rapid Response Registry

  6. The following spreadsheet provides an up-to-date list of COVID-19 research findings (publications, data sets and clinical trials) in a single place, without requiring any special access permissions or complex queries.

  7. ICPSR repository for COVID-19 data

  8. TWITTER DECAHOSE DATASET: If you do not already have access to the Twitter decahose, please click the link to the MIDAS website and "Send Inquiry" to request access to the COVID-CORE dataset.  


Do you have additional COVID-19 funding opportunities to share? Please contact Jill Jividen, Director of Research Development, at