Research Funding

Prototype Development to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deadline: pre-announcement

The Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) wishes to provide this announcement for potential RPP, RFI or other initiatives focused on the development of prototypes aimed to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19).
*CAUTION: All information contained in this pre-announcement has not been formally approved by the Government, and represents MCDC’s interpretation of the situation at this time. All information is subject to change.

In light of the magnitude and potential immediate threat that the coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to our public health and 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 prevention, detection, containment, and treatment of COVID-19 and future emerging threats. The MCDC OTA has been discussed as a potential vehicle to achieve rapid outcomes and is being considered by JPEO-CBRND, DTRA, DHHS and others.

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NSF RAPID proposals for research related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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. (NSF 20-055)

NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities. In addition, we invite researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment as well as quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration. Well-justified proposals that exceed these limits may be entertained. All questions should be directed either to a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or to

Complete guidance on submitting a RAPID proposal may be found in Chapter II.E.1 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide.

We ask that all investigators and organizations maintain awareness of the dynamic nature of this event through regular monitoring of official communications from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

NSF has also provided Frequently Asked Questions that address questions associated with NSF proposal submission and award management relevant to research proposals relating to COVID-19 as well as possible impacts of COVID-19 on activities under existing awards and on participation in NSF’s merit review panels; that website will be updated as appropriate.

DOE Soliciting input to COVID-19 Response

Deadline: Application reviews begin March 18, 2020

The Department of Energy (DOE) is taking steps to address COVID-19 and is soliciting ideas about how the Department and the National Laboratories might contribute resources for science and technology efforts and collaborations.  The Department is encouraging the scientific community and others to consider research questions that underpin COVID-19 response and is requesting input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure.

More information is available in a Dear Colleague Letter on the DOE website.  The Department looks forward to the responses. Click here for more information

Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to Responses will be reviewed beginning March 18, 2020.