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COVID-19 External Research Funding Opportunities


For all COVID-19-related funding opportunities, visit our website here.

Upcoming COVID-19 Funding Opportunities:

Sorenson Impact Foundation
Deadline: LOI 8/30/2020

The Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF) invests in innovative, scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing needs.

To that end, the foundation invites Letters of Intent for solutions with the potential to contribute to a more equitable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic emergency.

SIF is especially interested in solutions that enable recovery through the creation and growth of local businesses and the underserved communities in which they are embedded. Awards will range between $25,000 and $250,000 and proposals will be accepted in three focus areas:

  • Equitable Access to Wealth Creation Through Entrepreneurship: Solutions that enable and empower successful entrepreneurship for underserved or underrepresented individuals.
  • Democratized Access to Capital and Community Investment: Solutions that enable more equitable access to capital for entrepreneurs in underserved or underrepresented communities, including empowering and expanding community investment activity.
  • Workforce Development: Solutions that help underserved individuals develop the skills and training required for the jobs of the future in a post-pandemic world.

Proposals must be focused on the United States and target underserved and underrepresented communities.

See the Sorenson Impact Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

AAA-ICDR Foundation
Pre-Application Deadline: 8/14/2020

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) ICDR Foundation has established a new grant opportunity that will award one or two grants to support programs that will address either of the following:

  • COVID-19 Response: Make ADR processes more accessible and generally available or utilize them to improve traditional options for resolving disputes in the U.S. justice system.
  • Racial Injustice Response: Create innovative and additional ways to engage citizens in meaningful dialogue with one another and/or with government authorities including the police to address racial discrimination in the U.S.

Eligible programs must have the capability to become operational in a short period of time, serve a significant diverse number of people, and make their work available to generate easy replication.

COVID-19 - Operational Challenges for Corrections
Application Deadline: 8/27/2020

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 to support knowledge sharing around the nationwide correctional challenges that prisons, jails, and community services face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To effectively respond to operational challenges in a safe and secure manner, the entire field of corrections is continuously changing. This requires Corrections Executives to promote environments where continuous learning and professional development is embraced and encouraged throughout their organizations to deliver positive results.

Additionally, it is vitally important for Corrections Executives to stay current regarding critical issues facing the field, and the methods that they have employed for effectively addressing these challenges. For years, NIC has been committed to improving operational performance throughout corrections by providing information and data to support continuity of operations during crises.

XPRIZE Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Registration Deadline: 8/31/2020

XPRIZE Rapid COVID-19 Testing is a $5 million dollar, six-month competition to develop faster, cheaper, and easier-to-use COVID-19 testing methods at scale.

Many communities around the world have limited-to-no access to regular testing. The goal of the competition is to develop innovative, scalable COVID-19 testing solutions that will provide much needed insights to help society safely reopen - not in some distant future but right now.

While current solutions are playing an important role in broader mitigation strategies, they are not designed for frequent usage. XPRIZE Rapid COVID-19 Testing will organize the best entrepreneurial and scientific teams under one objective, ultimately getting the world up and running again.

The winning teams will develop COVID-19 tests that are affordable compared to what’s currently available on the market. For about the price of a latte, the tests will be equal to (or better than) commercial offerings at measuring sensitivity, specificity, and limit of detection with a maximum turnaround time of twelve-hours from sample to result. The winning teams will also be able to successfully deploy and conduct a minimum of five hundred tests per week at a live testing site within sixty days and have the potential to scale their solutions to thousands of tests per week.

Teams can be comprised of university groups, high school students, startups and innovators, small-to-midsize companies, families, or individuals. Because of the complex technical nature of this competition, along with its rapid timeline, XPRIZE expects most entrants will already be working on solutions. However, XPRIZE encourages any and all interested parties to apply.

Registering to create or join a team is the first step you can take to creating a better future for all. The registration deadline for the competition is August 31. Finalist teams (up to twenty) will be announced September 15, and their solutions will be judged between September 29 and October 12. Pilot teams (up to ten) will be announced October 13, and the grand-prize winners will be announced at the end of January 2021.

To register, and for more information about the competition, see the XPRIZE website.

other funding

With the goal of helping researchers identify funding opportunities that align with their area of research, this section offers a list of searchable funding databases that include All Searchable DatabasesFederal Grant Opportunities, Federal Funding Deadlines, Federal Agency Divisions & InstitutesGraduate Funding Opportunities, Undergraduate Funding OpportunitiesUSF Internal Award Opportunities, and Limited Submissions.

In addition to the funding search tools provided here, there are research networking sites that help researchers raise the profile of their research activity and connect with other scientists and scholars, which include Florida ExpertNet (a portal across Florida's universities with search filters by subject and institution) and ResearchGate (a free searchable site that allows researchers to make their research visible).