COVID-19 Research Funding

This page is frequently updated with current funding opportunities for COVID-19 related social science research. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Some research funding opportunities are ongoing while others have deadlines. Please note application deadlines for the following funding sources:

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Current Funding Opportunities

National Council on Disability (NCD)

Deadline: August 21, 2020
Notice of Funding Opportunity for a Cooperative Agreement (Not a Grant)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) seeks proposals for a cooperative agreement to develop NCD’s annual progress report which will examine COVID-19’s broadscale impacts on the lives of people with disabilities in seven major areas: nondiscriminatory access to healthcare; the direct care workforce; group housing; education; employment; mental health; and communications. The report will also include a discussion of the intersection of disability and race, and of transportation impacts. The research and findings in this report will provide policymakers, including the White House and Congress, and federal agencies, with insight needed to make policy decisions to improve the current and future welfare of people with disabilities in a national emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. The report will also provide people with disabilities information on federal policy, legislation, and initiatives related to emergency preparedness and response.
Up to $150,000.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: August 28, 2020
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), with the other participating NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit research to evaluate community interventions testing 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, sociocultural, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups.

Rolling through December 15, 2020
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Competitive and Administrative Supplements for Community Interventions to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Disparity and Other Vulnerable Populations

Research is needed to test community interventions focused on the prevention (or slowing) of COVID-19 transmission, evaluate local and state policies and programs intended to mitigate COVID-19 exposure and improve adherence, and reduce the negative impact of the multifaceted consequences on the health of populations who experience health disparities and other vulnerable groups. Up to $250,000 in direct costs per year.

Rolling through December 15, 2020
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19

The purpose of this NOSI is to support research to address secondary health effects of the social, behavioral, and economic changes, particularly among populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations through the use of digital health assessments and interventions to yield measurable near-term impact. Up
to $200,000 in direct costs per year.

For more NIH funding opportunities, see
Office of Behavioral and Social Science research (OBSSR)


National Science Foundation (NSF)

Rolling: Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants: Non-medical, Non-clinical-care Grants
COVID-19-related NSF call for 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. Projects should have a severe urgency with regard to availability of or access to data, facilities, or specialized equipment. Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration. A list of the NSF COVID-19 RAPID grants, continually updated as they are awarded, may be found at NSF COVID-19 RAPID Awards.

Rolling: Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants: Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Grants
Through this DCL on Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities.