Federal funding agencies have expressed an intention to fund research that helps diagnose, cure, vaccinate against, deal with or understand COVID-19 and all its effects on society as a whole. Funding was provided to federal agencies under the CARES Act. While some in the research community may have anticipated the creation of numerous CARES Act funding opportunities, those targeted funding opportunities have been relatively small and are shown below.
Instead, due to the extensive reach of the pandemic and its effects on all aspects of life, agencies have encouraged applications dealing with COVID-19 under existing funding opportunities. In addition, our federal sponsors encourage discussions with individual program officers, who are knowledgeable about the areas of science their agencies support and will provide guidance on the most appropriate funding vehicle for your research ideas.
Please see the Research Matters Live video below, “Looking Ahead: COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Present & Future,” which provides additional details on how program officer involvement can aid in successful submission and awarding processes.