COVID-19 Basic, Translational and Clinical Research Funding Opportunity

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  • Anywhere

UC Irvine

On March 11, 2020, WHO characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Researchers across UCI are searching for ways to contribute to the effort of slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its negative impacts. In order to support these efforts in streamlined fashion, a UCI Joint Research Fund has been established.

The UCI Joint Research Fund is supported by multiple schools and the UCI Office of Research. It is overseen by a single review panel, the Clinical Research Acceleration and Facilitation Team (CRAFT)-COVID Committee. The panel is charged with reviewing and recommending proposals for funding. Meritorious proposals will have either immediate impact on efforts to treat or control the spread of COVID-19, or longer term impact by preparing investigators to apply for extramural funding that is likely to become available.

Funding will be needs-based, with a maximum of $60,000 per project.  (A greater amount may be considered for truly exceptional proposals with large potential.)  We strongly encourage proposals that are interdisciplinary and across UCI Schools.

Beginning March 23, 2020, new applications for COVID-19 related research will be accepted on a rolling basis until funding is expended. Applicants are encouraged to consult with research offices in their respective schools and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to identify relevant extramural funding opportunities.

Successful applications will be ones with demonstrated potential for positive impact on our mission to mitigate the impact and control the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to, topics such as transmission, sero-surveillance, epidemiology, rapid point-of-care and molecular diagnostics, testing, pathology, development of novel treatment and care strategies, social impacts, and data and network science relevant to this pandemic. Applications supporting basic, pre-clinical, population-based, and translational research including clinical trials are considered responsive to this call.

Eligibility Requirements
UCI faculty at all levels, in all series are eligible to apply.

Use of Funds
Funds may be used for staff salaries, support of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, equipment, and supplies. Funds may not be used to pay for faculty salaries or fellowships or for travel unless they are a necessary part of the research project.

Applications should clearly delineate how the proposed research may mitigate the impact and control the spread of COVID-19, and include the following:

  • Cover Page including proposal title, and applicant(s) name, faculty position, and Department
  • Summary (half page)
  • Proposal (Margins, 1” on all sides and font Arial 11 pt). Text excluding half page summary and references should not be more than three single spaced pages.
  • Sections should be:
    • Specific aims, including how this project will improve chances of obtaining future funding.  If collaborating investigators are involved in this project, indicate their respective expertise and contributions
    • Impact work would have on our efforts against COVID-19
    • Likelihood of future extramural funding; include including reference to the respective agency opportunities
    • Innovation
    • Approach including how data will be evaluated for significance and reproducibility.
    • Timeline for completion
  • References
  • Itemized budget not to exceed $60,000 and justification.
  • Facilities and Resources that demonstrate the infrastructure available to the project that will allow the research proposed to start immediately.
  • Biographical Sketch in NIH or NSF format for all key personnel

Review, submission, and notification
Reviewers will evaluate proposals on the following criteria: (1) fit for the intent of the call and expected impact; (2) study hypothesis/objectives; (3) investigator expertise; and for clinical trials: (4) study inclusion/exclusion criteria, sample size, nature and plan for human subjects’ specimens to be obtained. Applications should be contained within a single pdf.  Please send the completed proposals via email to

As needed, applicants should make themselves available to respond to follow-up information requests from the committee. Funding decisions will be announced on a rolling basis.

Award recipients will be required to submit a one-page final report to the CRAFT-COVID Committee upon completion of the study or at the end of one year whichever is first.  Final reports should include an abstract of the project, outcomes, resulting grant applications or publications, and a financial report detailing expenses incurred.

To apply for this opportunity email your details to

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