Organization: National Institutes of Health
Application Link: Emergency Awards: RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center
Deadline: August 7
Funding Cap: $5,000,000 in annual direct costs
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: This emergency cooperative agreement funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, a consortium of community-engaged research projects to understand factors that have led to the disproportionate burden of the pandemic on the underserved and/or vulnerable populations so that interventions can be implemented to decrease these disparities. This FOA seeks to fund a single Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) as an integral part of the consortium.


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:  NERC
Application Link: Support for Research on Coronavirus Outbreak
Deadline: March 2021
Funding Cap: £65,000
IPA Eligible: Yes 
Details: NERC welcomes urgency proposals related to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Proposals will need to be sensitive to social distancing and other restrictions being brought in as a result of the current situation. All COVID related urgency proposals should now be submitted to the UKRI COVID call and not to the NERC Urgency mailbox. Proposals within NERCs remit will be considered by NERC but should initially be submitted to UKRI using the UKRI form and based on the UKRI rules.


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: JOI is accepting off-cycle proposals to test innovative solutions to offset the disruption of COVID-19 on people’s jobs and livelihoods on an ongoing basis. JOI will consider funding up to $50,000 for research projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East only. This call is open to J-PAL affiliates and all J-PAL initiative invited researchers. Applications are open on a rolling basis and will be reviewed every four weeks. Please note that we encourage any projects that do not face serious time constraints to apply to our regular RFP rounds, which occur twice a year. On a case by case basis, we may be able to review proposals more quickly, reach out for more information, and/or to direct proposals to be reviewed in our next regular RFP round.


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 immediately accepting time-sensitive, off-cycle 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. The IGI Co-Chairs is reviewing applications on a rolling basis starting Friday March 27 and aim to issue funding decisions within 1-1.5 weeks.


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. The recommended cap for funding is $50,000, but proposals that demonstrate a clear need for additional funding will be considered. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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


Organization: J-PAL
Application Link: South Asia’s Cash Transfers for Child Health (CaTCH)- Off-Cycle Proposals for COVID-19 Related Research
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Cap: $75,000
IPA Eligible: No
Details: CaTCH is accepting off-cycle proposal submissions for research directly related to COVID-19 that can produce quick insights for policymakers in India to inform their response to the pandemic. This may include add-on funding for existing projects to incorporate a treatment arm related to responses to COVID-19, or add-on modules related to the impact of COVID-19, particularly for maternal and child health services and outcomes. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Funding is capped at $67,500.

This call is open to J-PAL affiliates, all invited researchers for J-PAL initiatives, and graduate students advised by J-PAL affiliates. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis every 2 weeks. 


Organization: J-PAL
Application Link: DigiFI COVID-19 Off-Cycle Funding
Deadline: Rolling
Funding Cap: $250,000
IPA Eligible: Yes
Details: DigiFI is accepting off-cycle proposals for research projects (cap of $250,000 per project) that will rapidly respond to policy needs in times of COVID-19 and/or make large contributions to informing policy responses to crises. We are only accepting submissions that use randomized evaluations i.e. either add-ons to existing RCTs or new RCTs that build on existing data. Applications are open on a rolling basis and will be reviewed every couple of weeks. If a quicker response is required, please write to us and we get back to you as soon as possible.


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 the 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: 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.