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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and Resources

COVID-19 funding opportunities will be added to this page as they are released by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. Please email Marketing and Communications Director Roger Anderson, if you know of any additional opportunities.

COVID-19 Clinical Trials at Northwestern University

A new COVID-19 Clinical Trials website continues to compile ongoing research taking place at the Northwestern Uniersity Feinberg School of Medicine.

Community Engagement in COVID-19 Research

If you are developing a community or population health research project focused on COVID-19, the Center for Community Health (CCH) can provide consultations on community-engaged research designs and strategies to engage relevant stakeholders throughout the research process. CCH can also help facilitate connections for community-academic research partnerships. Please use this form to request a consultation. You can access general guidance on community engagement in research during COVID-19 here.

CCH recently collaborated with community and academic partners to develop a Latino COVID-19 Resources Directory to respond to needs of the Latino community throughout Illinois.

Support, Propel our COVID-19 Research and Response Efforts

Our faculty physicians, scientists, and public health experts are passionate about combining their efforts, mobilizing resources, and developing tools to help save lives and prevent the spread of disease. From laboratory scientists delving into the genetics and behavior of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, to public health experts developing models to predict the disease’s spread, to physician-investigators leading clinical trials in the quest for therapies that may be effective and widely adopted to treat the pandemic, our efforts to combat this unprecedented challenge are underway all across the medical school. Make a difference

New Support for Faculty Planning COVID-19 Research with Human Participants

The NUCATS Institute's Center for Clinical Research is initiating new support for faculty planning human subjects research on COVID-19. The goal is to assist clinical, translational and population health researchers at an early stage in their planning, and before submission of a protocol to the Northwestern IRB. Please note: Cancer-relevant COVID-19 research should continue to follow established Lurie Cancer Center procedures and workflows, and does not need to use this new NUCATS-facilitated process.

This new process will maximize research feasibility and alignment with health system capabilities and University resources. It will also help to minimize any delay in deploying urgently needed resources in a challenging situation. It is complementary to, and precedes, IRB review that focuses on protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. The NUCATS process starts with completion of a brief REDCap form that is available at: This new tool will allow NUCATS to provide advice early in project planning. It remains our goal to continually increase the quality, safety, efficiency and speed of all innovative clinical and translational research, and this is essential in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Agency


FOA Title


More Information

Funding Amount

Division of Infectious Diseases N/A

Emerging and Re-Emerging Pathogens Program (EREPP): Expanded Call for Proposals

Open Call for Proposals $50,000
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering N/A

Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative for COVID-19

Open Call for Applications $25,000, $500,000+
NIH PA-18-935

Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements

NIH PA-20-135

Emergency Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Awards

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality PA-20-071

Announcement to Support Novel, High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19

Forecasted Opportunity
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality PA-20-070

Competitive Revision Supplements to Existing AHRQ Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Evaluate Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19

Forecasted Opportunity

Limited Competition: Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program: Exploratory Collaborative Innovation Awards (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

November 9 FOA $275,000

Limited Competition: Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program: Collaborative Innovation Award (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)

November 9 FOA $750,000, $400,000
NIH PA-18-591

Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

January 26, 2021 FOA

Clinic Testing Therapeutic/Indication Pairing Strategies

March 6, 2021 FOA $3,000,000

Clinical Trial Planning: Therapeutic/Indication Pairing Strategies

March 7, 2021 FOA $225,000

Clinical and Translational Science Award Program Applications to Address 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Heath Need


Repurposing Existing Therapeutics to Address the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease


Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on COVID-19

February 05, 2021 NOSI

Emergency Competitive Revisions for Research on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

March 24, 2021 NOSI
NAID/NIGMS NOT-AI-20-030 Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Open NOSI
NSF NSF 20-052

Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Open DCL
NSF NSF 20-055

Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019

RAPID proposals DCL

Department of Energy: Office of Science

Reviews begin March 18 DCL


Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019



Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreement

Open Overview Subject to parent award direct cost cap


Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Open Overview Not limited; subject to project needs

NAICS Code: 541714

 Ssubmissions of White Papers or Full Proposals

October 30

Broad Agency Announcement


Additional Northwestern University COVID-19 Resources

  • Northwester Office for Research Development funding opportunities page
  • Northwestern Research COVID-19 updates
  • IRB Office COVID-19 Memo to Research Community
  • Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine has created a resource page to gather and disseminate information for the community around COVID-19.
  • The Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center has cultivated a COVID-19 Resource Guide containing information on the virus, published articles, locally relevant content and more.
  • The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and the Center for Community Health (CCH) have put together the Chicago COVID-19 Resource Repository, a working document featuring information and resources that may be useful for Chicago community organizations and community members.
  • INVO has created a page highlighting some of the Northwestern technologies and startups with potential COVID-19 applications.

National Institutes of Health Resources

City of Chicago and Community Resources

Other COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Collaboration Platform
  • NEJM: Creating a Framework for Conducting Randomized Clinical Trials during Disease Outbreaks
  • CD2H COVID Case Report Forms and Phenotyping Standards website
  • The Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration COVID-19 page
  • The American Heart Association is working to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have an increased risk for adverse outcomes with COVID-19. Here are some helpful resources for health systems, clinics, care providers, patients and the public.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital COVID-19 Critical Care Clinical Guidelines
  • The National Library of Medicine, through its GenBank® sequence database, is providing the biomedical community free and easy access to genome sequences from the novel coronavirus associated with the recent outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020 and GenBank® continues to rapidly release data associated with this outbreak as it comes in and welcomes sequence data submissions as well. 
  • LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
  • In response to the outbreak in Western Washington, UW Medicine has developed this COVID-19 Resource Site.
  • The New England Journal of Medicine has made a collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines and commentary freely available
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