COVID-19 Research Funding


To provide a list of organizations granting funds for COVID-19-related research.

Early Findings

  • The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has set aside the sum of $5 million to support COVID-19-related projects.
  • The award amounts include $750,000 for clinical trials, $400,000 for research in the late preclinical stage, $350,000 for translational stage, and $150,000 for discovery stage.
  • The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke on April 30, 2020, announced of the urgent need for "research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and biological effects on the nervous system of its causative agent, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)."
  • The application for the funding is not to exceed $200,000. Also, the timing of the project is not to exceed one year. Other conditions for the grant are contained herein.
  • Fast Grant is also providing research funding in the tune of $10,000 to $500,000 for scientists in academic institutions working on a COVID-19 related project.
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is providing funding support for research questions emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic through various mechanisms.
  • On April 6, 2020, Pfizer Foundation announced the commitment of $40 million in medical and charitable cash grants to aid in combating the health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and the entire globe.

Proposed next steps:

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We propose continuing the research to provide 7-10 additional organizations in the United States providing grants/RFPs/funding opportunities for research for COVID-19, with focus on California. For each one, we will provide the organization providing it, a link to the application or requirement page, the available funding amount, and 1-2 sentences about the eligibility requirements.
Alternatively, we can provide a list of 5-7 organizations helping researchers and scientists in other ways besides direct funding. This could be companies offering free internet, free consulting, free advertising, or other things that are not direct funding but still help ease financial stress for researchers and scientists. For each program, we will provide the company name, a link to the program, 2-3 sentences on what they are offering, and 2-3 sentences on what the eligibility requirements are. US scope.