Research Community Rapid Response Initiatives for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019)
We would like to call your attention to rapid response funding opportunities, which are being made available through the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation (See below)..
In order to support these initiatives, the VPR wishes to hear from individuals and research teams with planned submissions with the goal of nurturing an integrated campus-wide vision of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019 research approaches.
Synergies among these efforts may be identified to generate stronger proposals, which address not only the current challenge, but provide platforms for response to future global emerging pandemic/disaster events.
Seed funding related to a rapid response proposal may be available to provide strategic support for this effort as appropriate.
Kindly submit a one-page LOI identifying the PI/multi PIs, rapid response funding opportunity for which you will submit a proposal, and description of the proposed research. Please include a 4-page C.V. for each PI(s).
Deadline: March 20
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) (NOT-AI-20-030 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-20-030.html) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). NIAID and NIGMS are issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV. NIGMS is specifically interested in incorporation of data from the 2019-nCoV into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of Coronaviruses and related pathogens. NIAID and NIGMS are therefore offering Competitive Revisions to active grants.
If you are a grantee currently supported by active NIH funding, you may be eligible to apply for an administrative supplement to support SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019 research. An administrative supplement is a noncompeting award that provides additional funding to a currently funded grant to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved project, but that were unforeseen when the new or competing renewal application was awarded. Contact your program officer to discuss if this may be an option for you. If your proposed research on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019 is within the scope of your current grant, an administrative supplement is your best option to obtain additional funding. Apply using the parent administrative supplement funding opportunity announcement (FOA): PA-18-591.
National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 20-052) references the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and expresses NSF's interest in accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to better understand 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. Researchers are invited to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities. In addition, NSF invited researchers to use the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposal type, 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.
In addition, the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities. Such activities would be funded by the Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) program or the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program.
Further details can be found in NSF 20-055 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20055/nsf20055.jsp : Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
In order to support researcher response to these, or related, SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019 rapid response opportunities, the VPR wishes to hear from those of you intending to take advantage of one or more of the initiatives, with the goal of creating a comprehensive campus-wide vision of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-2019 research approaches. Synergies among these efforts may be identified to generate stronger proposals which address not only the current challenge, but provide platforms for response to future global emerging pandemic/disaster events. Seed funding related to a rapid response proposal will be available to provide strategic support for this effort. Kindly submit a one-page LOI identifying the PI/multi PIs, rapid response funding opportunity for which you will submit a proposal, and description of the proposed research. Please include a 4-page C.V. for each PI(s).