COVID-19 funding

COVID-19 research news

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Funding opportunity summary Internal deadline

NIH: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, US
Rapid investigation of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Supports research projects focusing on obtaining time-sensitive data to better understand key aspects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and coronavirus disease 2019.

7 Aug 2020

Heart Foundation of Australia, AU
Cardiovascular disease & COVID-19 grant

Aims to improve knowledge or treatment of the complications or impact of COVID-19 for people with existing cardiovascular disease. The grant is worth AUD 100,000 for up to one year.

21 Aug 2020

Social Science Research Council, US
Just tech COVID-19 rapid response grants

Supports research 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.

  • USD $5,000 - $10,000 (AUD $7,200 - $14,400)
  • External deadline: 31 August 2020
  • Further information
24 Aug 2020

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, GB
Medical robotics for contagious diseases challenge

Seeks innovative ideas that could aid in the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future global pandemics.

23 Sep 2020

Arts & Humanities Research Council, GB
Urgency grants pilot

Enables arts and humanities researchers to respond in an agile way to unanticipated urgent research needs and opportunities that meet a development need or challenge, or have the potential to support LMICs to address the UN sustainable development goals.

  • Up to GBP £120,000 (approx. AUD $230,000)
  • Projects must be led by UK or LMIC organisations. International CIs and partners may be included.
  • External deadline: 31 October 2020
  • Further information
23 Oct 2020

Horizon 2020: European Innovation Council, EU
Horizon prize for early warning for epidemics

Supports projects that develop a scalable, reliable, cost-effective prototype early warning system to forecast and monitor vector borne diseases in order to contribute to the prevention of outbreaks, mitigating their impact at local, regional and global scales and providing support to existing elimination efforts.

9 Feb 2021

NIH: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, US
Notice of special interest - Emergency competitive revisions for research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Supports the construction of further infrastructure for the research response to the coronavirus disease 2019. The maximum project duration is two years.

25 Jun 2021

Department of Health & Social Care including NIHR, GB
COVID-19 rapid response rolling call

This supports COVID-19 urgent public health research to gather the necessary clinical and epidemiological evidence that will inform national policy and enable new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to be developed and tested for COVID-19.

  • Size of grant varies
  • UofA researchers can only be listed as CIs or subcontractors
  • Applications accepted at any time
  • Further information

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, US
COVID-19 urgent response initiative

Supports innovative solutions that address time-critical social problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants should generally cover up to 25 per cent of eligible project costs.

  • USD $50,000 - $100,000 (approx. AUD $76,000 - $152,000)
  • Applications accepted at any time
  • Further information

European Spallation Source, SE
Deuteration and macromolecular crystallisation platform access for COVID-19 research

Enables scientists and researchers working on COVID-19-related research projects to access laboratory services through the deuteration and macromolecular crystallisation platform at the European Spallation Source. 


      European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), EU
      COVID-19 scientific research

      Supports urgent research projects on COVID-19 by enabling researchers to access ESRF facilities.


      Google, US
      COVID-19 research grants

      Support researchers working on urgent public health challenges associated with COVID-19. Credits may be used to access computing software.


      Merck, DE
      Pandemic preparedness and fighting emerging new viral infectious disease

      Supports projects that leverage modern technologies to create new breakthrough solutions to be more prepared for pandemic outbreaks or work towards existing solutions that could help to fight emerging viral infections.


      Mozilla Foundation, US
      COVID-19 solutions fund

      Supports open-source technology projects which are responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic. Project duration of up to three months.


        Open Road Alliance, US
        COVID-19 charitable grants

        Supports charitable organisations that are responding directly to COVID-19. 

        • Up to USD $100,000 (approx. AUD $157,000)
        • Applications accepted at any time
        • Further information

          US Department of Energy, US
          COVID-19 high performance computing consortium

          Enables researchers carrying out COVID-19-related projects to access computing resources made available by partner institutions. The maximum project duration is six months.