Organization: IZA Collaborative Research Grants
Application Link: IZA Grants & IZA’s Best Policy Paper Contest 
Deadline: May 31 & July 31
Funding Cap: €125,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: 

IZA Collaborative Research Grants “Labor Market and Social Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Here, we invite proposals for original research projects on the labor market and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic that establish or strengthen collaborations between the network of IZA Research Fellows and Affiliates and the team of scholars at our headquarters in Bonn. The maximum budget of projects to be sponsored is EUR 125,000 each. Deadline for proposals: May 31, 2020.

IZA’s Best Policy Paper Contest (awarded 30,000 Euro), register by May 22, paper due July 31.


Organization: Islamic Development Bank
Application Link: Call for Innovation via Transform Fund 2020
Deadline: June 1
Funding Cap: $50,000 -$100,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: The IsDB Group is coordinating a wide-ranging response to the impact of COVID-19. It has set up a Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility which will oversee a response package. The facility will focus on emergency preparedness to curb the spread of the COVID-19, minimizing the socio-economic impact of the pandemic especially on poor communities, and building the resilience of our Member Countries in responding to outbreaks and pandemics.


Organization: Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)
Application Link: Call for Proposals 5: Can Technology Accelerate Learning and Skills?
Deadline: June 1
Funding Cap: $300,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: This call for proposals will be split into two different funding windows. First, there will be an emergency window focused on school closures resulting from the current COVID-19 global pandemic that, at the time of writing, has led more than 150 countries to close their schools, affecting more than 1.5 billion children worldwide. This window will have earlier deadlines and an expedited screening process, as it is intended to generate evidence that would be immediately useful for countries’ education systems as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, there will be a more general window for the use of digital technologies to address learning and skill deficits more broadly and for any longer-term responses to the pandemic. 


Organization: Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL)
Application Link: Special ERG Call on the Economic Impacts of Coronavirus
Deadline: June 1
Funding Cap: £10,000 -£40,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: PEDL, alongside its new partner CDC Group, is looking to fund research that can inform policymakers and other stakeholders on the economic impacts of coronavirus in developing countries so that the costs can be mitigated as much as possible.


Organization: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Application Link: Newton Fund Agile Response call to address COVID-19
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Funding Cap: N/A
IPA Eligible: No 
Details: To address the current challenges and concerns adolescents are experiencing in response to COVID-19, create practical advice, and promote evidence-based strategies that meet the needs of young people during, and after, the pandemic.


Organization: MRC/AHRC/ESRC 
Application Link: Adolescence, Mental Health and the Developing Mind: COVID-19 rapid knowledge mobilisation
Deadline: June 1, 2020 
Funding Cap: £200k 
IPA Eligible: No 
Details: The Adolescence, Mental Health, and the Developing Mind programme are inviting proposals to support rapid knowledge mobilisation of current needs in adolescent wellbeing and mental health in light of the impact of COVID-19. This is expected to result in the development of a portfolio of multimedia resources that will address the current challenges and concerns adolescents are experiencing in response to COVID-19, create practical advice and promote evidence-based strategies that meet the needs of young people during, and after, the pandemic, and that can be used to provide advice and recommendations to policymakers and professionals involved in supporting young people.


Organization: Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
Application Link: IsDB-TWAS Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant 2020
Deadline: June 4
Funding Cap: USD 50,000 per research group ­­– USD 100,000 total for the joint-project
IPA Eligible: No
Details: Under this programme, qualified researchers from 57 IsDB countries* are invited to form a joint research collaboration consisting of two groups from different countries working on areas related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Principal Investigator (PI) must be a national of an IsDB member country and holds a PhD with good research experience and lead each research group.


Organization: Booz Allen Foundation
Application Link: The Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund
Deadline: June 5, 2020
Funding Cap: $100,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help non-profits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and start-ups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. Looking for the most innovative solutions and empower the individuals and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation.


Organization: Spencer Foundation
Application Link: Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle
Deadline: June 8, 2020
Funding Cap: $50,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change.


Organization: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
Application Link: High-Impact Studies Evaluating Health System and Healthcare Professional Responsiveness to COVID-19
Deadline: June 15, 2020
Funding Cap: unknown
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: AHRQ is looking to fund critical research focused on evaluating topics such as innovations and challenges encountered in the rapid expansion of telemedicine in response to COVID-19, effects on quality, safety, and value of health system response to COVID-19, and the role of primary care practices and professionals during the COVID-19 epidemic. Applicable to the U.S.


Organization: UN Women 
Application Link: Global Joint Programme on Strengthening Methodologies and Measurement and Building National Capacities for Violence against Women Data in East and Southern Africa
Deadline: June 17, 2020
Funding Cap: $180,000
IPA Eligible: No 
Details: The UN Women-WHO Joint Programme on VAW Data seeks to partner with an institution or consortium of institutions in the East and Southern Africa region to develop and implement the regional capacity development initiative on VAW data, with an aim at enhancing expertise and capacity of national stakeholders in the region on the measurement of VAW in alignment with globally agreed standards and principles.


Organization: MIT Solve
Application Link: Health Security and Pandemics Challenge
Deadline: June 18
Funding Cap: $10,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: MIT Solve, through its Health Security & Pandemics Challenge, is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak—for example, by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that protect health workers. All solutions selected for this global challenge will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve.


Organization: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Application Link: Call for Multidisciplinary Research into Epidemics and Pandemics in Response to the Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2
Deadline: July 1
Funding Cap: unknown
IPA Eligible: No
Details: This funding is available for projects addressing the prevention, early detection, containment, and investigation of the causes, impacts, and management of epidemics and pandemics, taking the example of SARS-CoV-2 and other microorganisms and viruses that are pathogenic to humans.


Organization: Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Application Link: Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) Research Fund
Deadline: July 6, 2020
Funding Cap: $1,000,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: The 2020 call for E-Cubed proposals aims to generate and disseminate relevant and usable research to support evidence for education during crises and large-scale disruptions. Looking for applicants to share proposals that address the gaps in evidence for education that have been further highlighted as a result of this global emergency. While this call for proposals encourages research in response to current COVID-19 large-scale education disruptions, proposals are not limited to this crisis.


Organization: Data.org 
Application Link: Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge
Deadline: July 17, 2020
Funding Cap: $10,000,000
IPA Eligible: No 
Details: The challenge is an open call for breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact.


Organization: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Application Link: Strategic Actions to Maximize the Impact of Research on Reducing Disease Burden, in Collaboration with Development Cooperation Initiatives
Deadline: August 13
Funding Cap: €23.4 million
IPA Eligible: No
Details: The purpose of this call for proposals is to support distinct strategic actions which are part of a large-scale programme of development cooperation actions. Projects should focus on research to maximise the uptake of products and health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. This may include actions to: enhance the uptake of research findings or products and interventions; provide evidence to translate findings into policy guidelines and clinical practice; improve implementation, delivery and roll-out of interventions to increase population coverage, acceptability and adherence; improve the monitoring of product safety post-marketing and surveillance; pragmatic clinical trials evaluating interventions under real-world clinical care settings. The projects should be implemented in conjunction with development cooperation initiatives that are supported by national and/or international development cooperation initiatives and/or other funders, including relevant WHO initiatives where appropriate.*

*Due to the extraordinary global crisis of COVID-19 that is also affecting African countries, this topic should also be considered by applicants.


Organization: National Institutes of Health
Application Link: Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle-Income Countries (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Deadline: August 24, 2020
Funding Cap: N/A
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics.


Organization: Merck KGaA
Application Link: 2020 Research Grants: COVID-19
Deadline: August 31
Funding Cap: €500,000 
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: Grants of 100,000 EUR - 500,000 EUR per year for up to 3 years. One topic is: Pandemic preparedness / fighting new emerging viral infectious disease. 

The 2020 research grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university, or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. 


Organization: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Application Link: NIHR seeking Research Proposals addressing COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
Deadline: September 28, 2020
Funding Cap: £1m
IPA Eligible: No
Details: The focus is on understanding the pandemic and mitigating its health impacts in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) contexts. The call prioritises epidemiology, clinical management, infection control, and health system responses. For researchers based in LMICs, eligible institutions include Higher Education Institutions and not-for-profit research institutions. Where the application is submitted by an LMIC organisation, the primary headquarters of that organisation must be in one of the LMIC countries where the research will take place


Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Application Link: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Funding Cap: No limit 
IPA Eligible: Yes 
Details: Proposals with long-term, health equity focus on one of these four areas: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. The average grant is approximately $300,000, with a project timeline of 1-3 years. Proposals do not need to be related to COVID-19, though they can include a COVID-19 response component.


Organization: National Institutes of Health
Application Link: NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program
Deadline: May 2023
Funding Cap: Unknown 
IPA Eligible: Yes 
Details: The NIH Exploratory/Developmental Grant supports exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.


Organization: National Institutes of Health
Application Link: NIH Small Research Grant Program
Deadline: May 2023
Funding Cap: Unknown 
IPA Eligible: Yes 
Details: The NIH Small Research Grant Program supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. This program supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. This Funding Opportunity Announcement does not accept applications proposing clinical trial(s).


Organization: Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL)
Application Link: ERG special COVID call
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Cap: N/A
IPA Eligible: No 
Details: ERGs are designed to be contracted directly with individual researchers. The individual researcher will be responsible for receiving, spending, and reporting on funds. There is typically no institutional involvement unless required, for example, to support fieldwork. In exceptional circumstances and with significant justification, contracts can be drafted with the researcher's home institution, but terms for these contracts are non-negotiable and they cannot include any home institution overhead fees.


Organization: Emergent Ventures
Application Link: Fast Grants: Non-scientific/biomedical COVID-19 projects
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Cap: $50,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: This call is for non-scientific/biomedical COVID-19 projects.


Organization: IPA
Application Link: Peace and Recovery
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Cap: $50,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: Due to the limited funding available, this funding will likely not fund entire randomized evaluations but is meant to support research projects with additions such as:

  • Adding a module to an existing survey in order to track COVID-19 exposure or response,
  • Adding a treatment arm that may support communities' resiliency in response to COVID-19,
  • Anonymizing, curating, and sharing already-collected data quickly so that it can be used for decision-making by the humanitarian community, or
  • “Downstream surveys" that follow up on a sample that participated in an already-completed randomized trial in order to identify whether the intervention studied has an impact on the communities' response to COVID-19.

Successful applicants will have a research team or staff that has the necessary experience to study the emergency response. As a result, interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.


Organization: J-PAL 
Application Link: Job and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) - Off-Cycle Proposals for COVID-19 Related Research
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: $50,000 
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: J-PAL’s Jobs and Opportunity Initiative (JOI) funds randomized evaluations of strategies to address pressing labor market challenges.

JOI is now calling for proposals from J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and JOI invited researchers for full research projects, pilot studies, travel/proposal development grants, and policy outreach support grants.


Organization: J-PAL 
Application Link: Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI)  -  Mitigate the Spread and/or Consequences of the COVID-19
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: $25,000 
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: IGI is accepting proposals for up to US$25,000 for short-term, quick-response technical assistance and/or analysis for government partners that has the potential to mitigate the spread and/or consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for low-income and other vulnerable communities. 

J-PAL affiliated and IGI invited researchers can submit applications in collaboration with government partners, J-PAL regional offices, and other collaborators.


Organization: J-PAL 
Application Link: Crime and Violence Initiative (CVI) - Off-Cycle Proposals for COVID-19 Related Research
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: $50,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: CVI is now accepting off-cycle proposals for time-sensitive research that tests or supports strategies for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL postdocs, and invited researchers are eligible to apply for any type of CVI funding.


Organization: J-PAL 
Application Link: Post Primary Education (PPE) - Off-Cycle Proposals for COVID-19 Related Research
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: $75,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: The PPE Initiative is also accepting off-cycle proposals for time-sensitive research that tests or supports strategies for responding to COVID-19 or supports strategies for responding to COVID-19 and add-on funding for descriptive data collection around COVID-19 using samples from existing evaluations.


Organization: International Growth Center (IGC)
Application Link: IGC Special Call
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: £20,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: Projects that would contribute to informing policy decisions in developing countries in response to the economic crisis from the coronavirus pandemic. We are particularly interested in proposals that would start to provide useful inputs to policymakers in a very short time frame.

The research priorities for this call are:

  • Measuring the economic impact on people and firms
  • Informing the immediate policy responses
  • Understanding the medium to long term implications

Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Application Link: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: Unknown
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) complements a separate National Science Foundation (NSF) DCL (NSF 20-052) that referred to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and expressed 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.

Applicable to the U.S.


Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Application Link: Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: Unknown
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: 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. Applications should be submitted through existing funding opportunities. In addition, NSF invites 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. 

Before you can apply to this grant, you have to be invited. Please send your idea to a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or to rapidcovid19@nsf.gov.


Organization: Pulitzer Center
Application Link: Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: No cap
IPA Eligible: No
Details: In addition to a strong collaboration component for reporting and publication, we encourage proposals that:

  • Focus on systemic, under-reported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis
  • Use data-driven and/or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus
  • Hold the powerful accountable

Organization: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Application Link: Support for Research on Coronavirus Outbreak
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: £65,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following:

  • New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the grant) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.
  • Supports the manufacture and/or wide-scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential
  • Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use

The Principal Investigator on the proposal must reside in the UK and be employed by an eligible UK research organisation.


Organization: Paung Sie Facility (PSF)
Application Link: COVID-19 Prevent and Prepare Together Grants
Deadline: Rolling 
Funding Cap: $5,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: Rapid response grants to assist current or former partners to prepare for and conduct activities to build community capacity to prevent and prepare for COVID-19. Activities can be proposed as an amendment to existing work plans (for current partners) or as a new grant.

Applicable only to Myanmar.