Funding for Innovation

Technology and research grants, including government open calls

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Aspen Tech Policy Hub

Accepting applications from , including journalists and media organizations, for projects that will help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Winning teams will be allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projectsโ€‹โ€‹.

CivTech Guide

This page will be continuously updated with virtual events, funding opportunities

IMI2 - Call 20

Innovative Medicines Initiative: Europe's Partnership for Health,
๐Ÿ“… Deadline for short proposals has been extended to 12 May 2020

EIC Horizon Prize for 'Early Warning for Epidemics'

๐Ÿ“… Deadlineย 01 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
European Innovation Council

Headstart Funding for COVID-19 Solutions

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)
๐Ÿ“… Deadline April 14, 2020

Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare and Robotics

๐Ÿ“… Fighting COVID-19 call deadline 17 April 2020

European Investment Fund InnovFin Infectious Diseases

Financial products ranging from standard debt to equity-type financing EUR 7.5 to 75 million, to innovative players active in developing innovative vaccines, drugs, medical and diagnostic devices or novel research infrastructures for combatting infectious diseases.









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Coronavirus Funding Monitor

A curated list of open funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, specifically for COVID-19 and Coronavirus-related research. Updated daily.

List of COVID-19 funding opportunities

List of various funding opportunities for innovators and researchers.

๐ŸŒ Global

๐ŸŒ MIT Solve Challenge - Health Security & Pandemics

๐Ÿ“… Deadline 18 June 2020
For tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support andย protect health workers

๐ŸŒ Norrsken Foundation - Action Against Coronavirus

๐Ÿ“… Currently reviewing applications
Supporting initiatives for the sick, for the healthcare system, or for the billions of people whose lives are - or soon will be - affected. Matches up the initiatives with both individuals and funding. Currently reviewing funding applications, see list of organisations looking for funding and (no longer linked to on page, so might not work) form to apply.

๐ŸŒ Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) - COVID-19 Solutions Fund

๐Ÿ’ธ Up to US$50k
Funding open source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Can be open source hardware (e.g. ventilator), software which directly fights the disease (e.g. connect hospitals to 3D printers which can make replacement ventilator parts) or indirect software (e.g. browser plugin to combat COVID-19 misinformation).

๐ŸŒ Internet Society Foundation Emergency Response Grant Programme: COVID-19

๐Ÿ’ธ $250k-$500k
๐Ÿ“… Open for applications from existing non-profits between 5 May and 17 May
Funding initiatives that provide urgent support to produce lasting, positive outcomes in response to COVID-19, and help ensure the success of existing Internet-based initiatives and/or help create new ones that encourage long-term resiliency.

๐ŸŒ Mercatus Center, George Mason University - Emergent Ventures

๐Ÿ’ธ $10k-$500k Fast Grants

Fast Grants made in 48 hours for scientists or academic institutions working on COVID-19 related projects. Emergent Ventures Prizes for work in general combating the virus.


Non-profit program which gives a grant for initiatives tackling COVID-19 (pro-bono access to the software, experts, methods and tools)

Hummingbird ventures

Investing in early stage startups focusing on solutions for the current COVID-19 crisis (Prevention, Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Remote tech and more)
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Opportunities by Country

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France

lโ€™Agence de lโ€™Innovation de Dรฉfense - Innovative Solutions to Fight COVID-19

๐Ÿ“… Deadline 12 April 2020
๐Ÿ’ธ โ‚ฌ10 million
French defence innovation agency call for innovative solutions for use during the pandemic, whether about technology, management, organisational structure or industrial processes. All parts of society can apply, including academia, civil servants, all sizes of companies, and groupings. Application form.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India

Tyler Cowen - Emergent Venture Prizes

๐Ÿ’ธ US$100k
A fund which gives prizes to good work on COVID-19, one category of which is "Most important innovation or improvement for India".

Funding opportunities for startups in India that are building tools to fight Coronavirus.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland

Irish Research Council - COVID-19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation

2 calls: 1) Health Research Board call into medical countermeasures, health service readiness, and social and policy countermeasures. 2) Science Foundation Ireland for a board range of research and development that will impact Ireland during the current emergency.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

Vinnova - Medical Innovations to Stop Spread of Coronavirus
๐Ÿ“… Deadline 31 March 2020, Winners announced 30 November 2020
Medical innovation such as antivirals, therapeutic drugs, diagnostics, detecting carriers.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom

Innovate UK - Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

๐Ÿ“… Deadline 17 April 2020
๐Ÿ’ธ ยฃ20 million in grants of up to ยฃ50k
For innovative and amibitious ideas by UK businesses which meet a societal need which is new or increased because of the pandemic. Very wide range of areas - from couriers, to healthcare, to remote working, to food.

NHSX - Tech Force 19

๐Ÿ“… Applications closed
๐Ÿ’ธ ยฃ25k
Funding for innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to test their solution.

Saรฏd Business School, Oxford University - Skoll Ventures Awards

๐Ÿ“… Deadline 3 May 2020
๐Ÿ’ธ ยฃ50k
Early stage funding to teams aiming to tackle the root causes of social and environmental challenges.
Not COVID-19 specific.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States

New Media Ventures Expanded 2020

๐Ÿ“… Deadline 4 May 2020
๐Ÿ’ธ $25K - $250K
Weโ€™re accepting applications for nonprofit and for-profit projects focused on advancing progressive change in a COVID-19 context. Grants and investments will be in the $25K to $250K range, and weโ€™re reviewing pitches on a rolling basis (applications received by May 4th 2020 will be given priority).