Funding for Research

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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.

IMI2 - Call 20
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Innovative Medicines Initiative: Europe's Partnership for Health,
Deadline for short proposals has been extended to 12 May 2020

European Investment Fund InnovFin Infectious Diseases
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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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Global Funding for Treatment & Research

WHO/UN response fund

๐Ÿ’ธUS$675 million
More detail here.ย  Treat the most vulnerable, including by setting up intensive care units.

SOS Venture

SOS Ventures are seeking up to 8 startups in pursuit of developing diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and disinfection solutions.

Fast Grants from Emergent Ventures

๐Ÿ’ธUS$10 - 500K
Approved in 48 hours. Must be with an academic institution, already working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months, and in need of additional funding to complete the project.

List of COVID funding opportunities

List of various funding opportunities for innovators and researchers.

National Funds


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada offers grants of up to $50,000 to university researchers collaborating with private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations.


Agence Nationale de la Recherche
๐Ÿ“…Deadline 23 March 2020
๐Ÿ’ธโ‚ฌ3 million
Support all academic projects that improve state of art on any of the 4 WHO priorities: characterisation, immunisation, prevention and environmental control, and ethical and social implications of the disease.


Health Research Board & Irish Research Council
๐Ÿ“…Deadline 9 April 2020
Health Research Board & Irish Research Council joint call. Three strands: medical countermeasures, health service readiness, and social and policy countermeasures to COVID-19.

Government of Ireland
Government of Ireland Rapid Response Research & Innovation Funding (2 calls)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งUnited Kingdom

Cambridge University
๐Ÿ’ธยฃ20 million
Cambridge to spearhead alliance to map spread of COVID-19

UKRI - Research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19
๐Ÿ’ธยฃ There is no specific budget for this call. 80% of the full economic cost (fEC).

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธUnited States

Tyler Cowen
๐Ÿ’ธUS$ 500k, $200k
Best effort to find a good treatment rapidly in Emergent Ventures Prizes for Coronavirus work.

The National Institutes of Health
๐Ÿ“…Deadline 5 April 2020
Working to develop vaccines and early detection technologies to stem the outbreak. Funding opportunities for this research and prototype development are being channeled through two funding mechanisms.
Funding will be awarded to prototypes able to meet four primary criteria:

  1. Detect proposed pathogen/pathogen component directly from a relevant clinical sampleโ€”blood, urine, swab, cerebrospinal fluid, etc.โ€”without a culture step.
  2. Be designed for use in a point-of-care/low resource settings and provide a sample-to-answer result.
  3. Require a maximum of 5 minutes of manual steps prior to loading the clinical sample on the platform.
  4. Generate actionable diagnostic results within a maximum of 1 hour without any additional manual intervention.

The BAA also offers a list of deal-breakers that will lead directly to a proposalโ€™s rejection. Those include:

  1. Development of a diagnostic that does not improve upon the currently available diagnostics for the targeted agent.
  2. Development of diagnostics that rely solely on the detection of host-response antibodies.
  3. Basic research and discovery of new host-based diagnostic targets.
  4. Development of diagnostics that will only be validated using non-pathogenic or surrogate organisms.

Sam Altman
Funding for COVID-19 Projects. Looking for startups working on:ย 

  1. Screening existing drugs for effectiveness.
  2. Novel approaches to vaccines (i.e., not doing what the big pharma companies are already doing).
  3. Novel therapeutics that the big pharma companies are unlikely to work on.

Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19- National Science Foundation (NSF)

Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Funding Mechanism
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Causative Virus SARS-CoV-2

Air Force COVID-19 โ€“ Request for Industry/Academia/Non-Government Information
United States Air Force (USAF)
Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) COVID-19 - Request for Industry / Academia / Non-Government Information

2019 Novel Coronavirus Medical Countermeasure Partnership Opportunities
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Public Health Emergency (PHE)

Coordination of Research

WHO/UN response fund- raising $675m by April 2020. More detail here.ย 
Coordinate global research and development efforts for life-saving products and innovations

Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland & IDA Ireland joint call.