New COVID-19-related funding opportunities

April 21, 2020

NIFA recently added a program area to its main Agricultural and Food Research Initiative RFA: Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems.

There are four areas of priority: Health and Security of Livestock; Well-being of Farm, Food Service Providers, and Rural Americans; Economic Security; and Food Safety. Applicants should focus on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Applications should include strategies and knowledge that can be rapidly implemented to minimize or eliminate COVID-19 impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system.

Deadline to submit applications is June 4. NIFA will expedite application evaluation & awards review to ensure rapid project start-up. For more information and to apply,

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 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

Proposals in response to this DCL may also request the use of NSF-funded advanced computing resources such as FronteraStampede2, Bridges, Comet, and JetStream. To ensure availability of these computing resources, investigators must contact the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) at prior to submission of the proposal.

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 created a dedicated website on COVID-19, with links to Frequently Asked Questions addressing (i) questions associated with NSF proposal submission and award management relevant to research proposals relating to COVID-19 and (ii) possible impacts of COVID-19 on activities under existing awards; that website will be updated as appropriate. We strongly urge that you read the FAQs prior to submission of an inquiry about possible RAPID funding.

NIH is devoting significant resources to COVID-19. In addition to dedicating regularly appropriated funds, to date NIH has received emergency funding for COVID-19-related activities in two supplemental bills (available from the NIH Office of Budget website), that together provide:

$1.532 billion for NIAID
$103.4 million for NHLBI
$60 million for NIBIB
$36 million for NCATS
$30 million for the NIH Office of Director
$10 million for NIEHS
$10 million for NLM

For more information,