OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
Release Date: Funding available starting March 19, 2020

Close Date: Funds available until they are expended or May 31, 2020, whichever is earlier

Purpose: To catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the COVID-19 virus and risk associated with the COVID-19 virus to include cascading impacts in communities. The primary focus of the OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants is to fund research that informs near real-time decision making for professionals tasked with making operational response decisions. Researchers outside of the school of medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Medical researchers are encouraged to consider OACA opportunities.

Award Amount: $5,000 - $10,000 (total OVPR budget is $100,000)

Eligibility: The applicant(s) must be full time faculty or P&A researcher at the University of Minnesota. OVPR will match funds for applicants coming from a single college or center (up to $5,000); investigators, deans and directors are responsible for the other matching funds. OVPR will fully fund applications with teams from more than one college or across centers  (up to $10,000). Start-up, department, center and other such funds may be added/used as investigators wish. So as to maximize the number of projects on this important topic, we encourage investigators to request the smallest amount a study requires.

Grant Duration: 12 months (no extensions)

Eligible Expenses:
Salary support for research staff, postdocs, students, and other trainees;
University-based core and other support services; and
The purchase of supplies.

Application Process: This is an expedited application process; the full application is submitted via the form below.

Review Process: All complete applications will be reviewed by OVPR leadership. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will receive a response within three business days. Funds will be awarded until they are expended or May 31, 2020, whichever is earlier.

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Email *
General Information
PI name *
PI title *
PI department *
PI DeptID or accounting contact person
Project Details
Project title *
Statement of hypothesis to be tested or problem to be addressed (1000 character limit) *
Proposal, including background, significance to decision makers and specific aims (2000 character limit; references are not required at this time) *
Statement of direct or indirect benefit to Minnesotans (1000 character limit) *
Is this a single college proposal? If so, include name of college below. If not, write n/a. *
Is this a mulit-college proposal? If so, include names of colleges below. If not, write n/a. *
Project Budget
Total amount of funding requested $ (number without commas) *
Proposed Budget Summary -  $ of Spending Type
Non-faculty/P&A salary support $ (number without commas) *
Core services $ (number without commas) *
Supplies $ (number without commas) *
Other $ (number without commas): Please describe other costs *
Required approvals (check all that apply) *
Have you secured the required approvals? *
If no, please describe the anticipated timeline for approvals (1000 character limit) *
Do you currently have start-up funds or other support that could be used for this work? *
If yes, please quantify your other support that could be used for this proposal (1000 character limit) *
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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