Call for applications: COVID-19 Rapid Response Pilot Funding

The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science announces the availability of rapid response pilot grant funding for research projects addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These pilot grant awards will be for one year, up to $30,000, with funding starting June 2020.

COVID-19 Pilot Grants seek to

  • Foster outstanding new clinical and translational research at UIC that directly addresses issues relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting rapid response research questions that can either help address urgent questions or lead to the development of preliminary data that can be used to launch new NIH or other externally-funded research proposals;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary teams of investigators that span across Colleges and campus to develop collaborations or new research avenues;
  • Promote interactions between basic (including engineering) and clinical scientists; and
  • Support research collaborations with community partners and organizations

We will consider a range of potential research ideas across the full translational spectrum, including

  • host or individual factors (including existing conditions) that predispose individuals to acquire SARS-CoV-2 or to develop severe COVID-19 disease or that confer resistance to severe disease
  • factors that help understand health disparities in the prevalence and severity of COVID-19 disease
  • informatics solutions to identify, diagnosis or help treat cases
  • healthcare system responses and strategies to address barriers and facilitators in the treatment of high-risk populations
  • how potential overcrowding of emergency departments and health services may impact the treatment of other disorders and diseases (e.g., opioid overdoses; stroke; heart disease)
  • the broad impacts of COVID-19 (e.g., school closures, food insecurity, anxiety, social isolation) on development, substance use or other mental and physical health concerns
  • system- or organizational-level responses to identify, prevent, or mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in settings that serve vulnerable populations
  • impacts of COVID-19 and system responses on health care workforce innovative engineering solutions to device, protective gear development

Application timeline

  • Applications due¬†Noon, May 1, 2020
  • Anticipated start June 2020