NSF Supporting Research to Address Coronavirus Disease

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The National Science Foundation is working closely with the research community to bolster our national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).   

NSF is currently funding 20 research projects across the agency involving COVID-19.  With research programs at more than 2,000 academic institutions across the country, we are ready to mobilize the full force of the scientific community to better understand and develop measures to protect against this virus. 

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In response to the urgency of COVID-19 and increasing inquiries from the research community, NSF has issued a letter to researchers inviting additional proposals for rapid response grants related to the virus. This letter welcomes research to help understand COVID-19, inform and educate the public about virus transmission and prevention, and develop effective strategies for addressing this challenge at the local, state, and national levels.

Support for these efforts is made through NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which enables the agency to swiftly process and support research that addresses an urgent need. Previous RAPID awards have helped advance our understanding of past Ebola and Zika outbreaks as well as measures to contain them.  RAPID funds have also enabled research to improve our preparedness for natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey or unexpected events like the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Critical challenges like these often require input from a variety of experts.  As the only U.S. federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, NSF is uniquely positioned to gather a spectrum of scientific input, bringing to bear the best research and researchers on our most complex national concerns.   

Advancing the national health, prosperity, and welfare continues to be a vital part of NSF’s mission.  As Americans take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families against COVID-19, NSF remains a proactive and steady ally.