COVID-19 funding

COVID-19 research news

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Funding opportunity summary Internal deadline
Microsoft Corporation, US

Artificial intelligence for health – COVID-19 grant

Supports research with potential benefits and a defined impact to the COVID-19 response. The grant provides Azure cloud and high-performance computing capabilities.

8 Jun 2020
NIH: National Library of Medicine, US

Notice of special interest – data driven research on coronavirus disease 2019

Supports research to improve understanding of the infection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and coronavirus disease 2019.

9 Jun 2020
Pfizer, US

Vaccine preventable diseases – COVID-19

Supports research that aims to increase knowledge of COVID-19 epidemiology, infection, pathophysiology and potential prevention measures. 

  • USD $50,000 - $250,000 (approx. AUD $75,400 - $377,000)
  • External deadline: 16 June 2020
  • Further information
9 Jun 2020
Social Science Research Council, US

Social data research and dissertation fellowships

Aims to encourage multifaceted pathways for the collection and analysis of social data, with the larger aim of cultivating research on technology and society. 

  • Up to USD $15,000 and $50,000 (approx. AUD $22,800 and $76,000)
  • External deadline: 16 June 2020
  • Further information
9 Jun 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US
Solve 2020 global challenges – health security and pandemics

Supports innovative, human-centred, technology-based solutions to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

11 Jun 2020
Intensive Care Society, GB

New investigator awards - COVID-19

Intended to be pump-priming grants in the field of COVID-19 that will lead to further and more substantial support from other grant giving bodies.

19 Jun 2020

German Research Foundation (DFG), DE
Call for multidisciplinary research into epidemics and pandemics in response to the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2

Supports projects addressing the prevention, early detection, containment and investigation of the causes, impacts and management of epidemics and pandemics, taking the example of SARS-CoV-2 and other microorganisms and viruses that are pathogenic to humans. 

  • AU researchers can submit proposals together with German partners (leading).
  • External deadline: 1 July 2020
  • Further information
24 Jun 2020

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
Coronavirus research response: 2020 COVID-19 mental health research

To understand how the mental health system can be enhanced both during and beyond the crisis to positively impact the lives of a significant number of Australians, especially those with pre-existing mental health issues and those with mental health issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis.  

  • Up to AUD $1M
  • Minimum data: 1 July 2020
  • Internal review deadline: 6 July 2020
  • External deadline: 13 July 2020
  • Further information
1 Jul 2020

IBM Corporation, US
Call for code global challenge

Recognises practical and sustainable open source solutions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and climate change. Five prizes are available.

  • USD $10,000 - $200,000 (approx. AUD $16,000 - $315,000)
  • External deadline: 31 July 2020
  • Further information
24 Jul 2020

US Department of Health & Human Services, US
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority broad agency announcement

Supports advanced research and development of medical countermeasures for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents, pandemic influenza, and emerging infectious diseases that threaten the US civilian population, with a particular focus on COVID-19.

24 Jul 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

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. Application budgets are limited to USD 275,000 for two years.

23 Apr 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.


      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

          Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
          Coronavirus Research Response : 2020 communication strategies and approaches during outbreaks

          Supports research into how diverse communities respond during outbreaks, how they react, access information and interpret it.


          Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
          Coronavirus Research Response : 2020 COVID-19 immunological studies

          Supports research into the human immune response to COVID-19 infection, particularly in at risk people.

          • AUD $2M
          • Opens 12 June 2020 (guidelines available from this date)
          • Estimated external deadline 24 July 2020

          Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
          Coronavirus Research Response: 2020 rapid response digital health infrastructure

          Supports research into high priority digital health infrastructure that has the potential to increase the speed and quality of health system responses during acute crises.


          Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), AU
          Coronavirus Research Response : 2020-21 COVID-19 vaccine grant opportunity

          Supports promising COVID-19 vaccine development projects in 2020-21.

          • AUD $13.6M
          • Opens 15 June 2020 (guidelines available from this date)
          • Expression of interest (EOI) deadlines: 15 July 2020, 15 November 2020, 15 March 2021