Last updated on May 6, 2020

Funding agencies have announced grant opportunities to address the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Department of Health and Human Services

  • National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities: This FOA aims to support the development and coordination of a national-state/territorial/tribal-local network of public and community-based organizations that will disseminate COVID-19-related information; disseminate effective response, recovery and resilience strategies; and ensure service linkages for racial and ethnic minority, rural, and disadvantaged communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline: May 11, 2020.

Russell Sage Foundation

  • Research Grants: The Foundation will fund research that analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States. All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Deadline: May 21, 2020

US Department of Agriculture

  • Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants: The program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. Deadline: July 13, 2020. 

National Science Foundation

  • Rapid Response Research: The 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. Deadline: Rolling. 


  • COVID-19 Engagement Awards: This special funding announcement will support projects that help communities increase their ability to participate across all phases of patient-centered outcomes research/comparative clinical effectiveness research while responding to societal changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Full proposals due May 22, 2020 by 5 p.m. ET. 

CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program for Emerging Viral Diseases and Respiratory Health (COVID-19)

NIH COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Portal

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

  • Fast Grants are $10K to $500K and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you'll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it. Application closes Sunday, April 12. Funding decisions made in 48 hours. Project must have potential for impact in 6 months.

Brown COVID-19 Research Seed Fund

  • The Seed Fund is a one-time funding mechanism intended to fast track innovative research proposals that directly address the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately. Applications will be reviewed starting on April 7 on a continual basis until funds are expended. Award amount: $20,000 - $50,000.

Department of Defense

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

NIGMS has published a notice of special interest (NOT-GM-20-025) to address the urgent need for research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They will accept competitive revisions (supplements) in three specific scientific areas:

  1. Incorporation of data related to SARS-CoV-2 into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other related infectious agents (all grant and cooperative agreement activity codes)
  2. Repurposing or modification of diagnostic tools currently under development to enable rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection (SBIR/STTR grants only)
  3. Rapid development of potential therapeutic agents for COVID-19 (SBIR/STTR grants only)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 5, 2021. Awards will be made for one year. Investigators interested in applying for competitive revisions in response to this NOSI are strongly encouraged to contact NIGMS staff. For inquiries related to predictive models, contact Daniel Janes. For inquiries related to SBIR/STTR, contact Dmitriy KrepkiyLearn more

RI Foundation & United Way of RI

Local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of COVID-19 response are eligible to apply for COVID-19 Response Fund Grants. Grants will be awarded to:

  • Support nonprofit organizations providing direct assistance to Rhode Islanders with financial need or demonstrable hardship resulting from COVID-19.
  • Provide operating support to nonprofit organizations that are meeting community needs resulting from COVID-19, and are in financial distress.

The grants will aim to complement the work of public health officials by expanding local capacity to address the outbreak’s social, health, and economic impacts in the short and long term. Learn more

COVID-19 Funding Portal | Brown OVPR

Funding opportunities to support research relating to COVID-19 from various agencies and organizations are now listed on a new OVPR web page. The page will be updated regularly and the work is subject to review in keeping with current laboratory policies at Brown. Contact [email protected] with questions or to add funding opportunities.