Rapid Response COVID-19 Related Pilot Funding Research Opportunity

The COVID Research Taskforce is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) for research pilot opportunities to support COVID-related research across the university and within our healthcare system partners. 

Over $500,000 from the NORD Family Foundation and six funding groups across campus have supported this effort:

  • NORD Family Foundation
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • Cleveland Brain Health Initiative
  • Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC)
  • Digestive Health Research Center
  • Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health

In response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the COVID Research Taskforce recruited 268 faculty with diverse interests. This Rapid-Response COVID-19 Pilot Program was created to support this effort and new research initiatives that will make immediate progress towards reducing the harm to individuals, groups, and society from SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Together the funding partners seek shovel-ready applications that address a wide range of COVID-related questions including understanding and advancing knowledge on fundamental virology, immunology, evolution, natural history and pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2; barriers and challenges in testing, tracing, diagnosis and treatment; impact of the pandemic on vulnerable populations (e.g., cancer patients, those with chronic conditions), health care workforce, health care utilization and impact on physical and mental health of the community. 

Projects focusing on the use of informatics and understanding disparities are encouraged.

The CTSC will oversee the application and review process, working closely with the Taskforce and each of the seven funding groups to identify the best projects that align with each of their funding requirements.


Applications are due June 15, 2020 via InfoReady.

Application Instructions

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Apply via InfoReady