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Find funding and guidance on how to support entrepreneurs and small business owners through the impacts of coronavirus.

Access financial support, navigate government programs, find enterprise discounts and virtual events, and support your employees with the resources curated in the following link.



NIH Extends Grant Application Deadlines

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the NIH will be accepting late grant applications through May 1, 2020. This applies for original due dates March 9, 2020 - May 1, 2020 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-091.html



COVID-19 Funding Opportunities


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) View Solicitation

Topic: NIAID is particularly interested in projects focusing on viral natural history, pathogenicity, transmission, as well as projects developing medical countermeasures and suitable animal models for pre-clinical testing of vaccines and therapeutics against 2019-nCoV.  NIGMS is specifically interested in incorporation of data from the 2019-nCoV into ongoing research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of Coronaviruses and related pathogens. 
Due Date: Rolling, through February 21, 2021 
Budget: Not specified

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus View Solicitation

Topic: NIDA is interested in research collecting and examining data on the risks and outcomes for COVID-19 infection in individuals suffering from substance use disorders. 
Due Date: Rolling, through March 31, 2021 
Budget: Maximum of $100,000 direct costs per year for 2 years.  Higher budgets may be considered with justification.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus View Letter

The NSF encourages investigators to use existing NSF funding mechanisms to submit proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. 
For proposals of up to $200K, NSF encourages using the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism, which allows NSF to receive and review proposals having a severe urgency.

Dear Colleague Letter: Provisioning Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to Further Research on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) View Letter

The Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering is inviting RAPID proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities.

Other US Funding Agencies

Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) 
MTEC Pre-Announcement for MTEC-20-09-COVID19 – “Prototype Development to Combat COVID-19” View Pre-Announcement

MTEC has issued a pre-announcement to provide notice for the possibility of one or more upcoming RPPs focused on combating COVID-19.  The timeline for these RFPs is not yet specified.

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) Multi-purpose platform technologies for rapid response against emerging infectious diseases View Solicitations

Topic: Vaccine and adaptive epidemic response platform development 
Due Date: Expressions of Interest (EOIs) will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 14, 2020. 
Budget: Not specified

Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC)

Request for Information (RFI) – CoV Pandemic Response View Solicitation

MCDC is requesting proposals regarding rapidly deployable (1-6 months) products and technologies to combat the current pandemic.  Longer-term solutions are not requested in this RFI. 
Topic: COVID-19-related Diagnostics/Monitoring, Surveillance, Information Systems for Point of Care, Therapeutics, Prophylactics, Clinical Trials 
Due Date: 5/31/20 
Budget: Not Specified 

SBA Loan Information and Disaster Loan Assistance

Links from San Diego Small Business Association on Federal loans available to Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters




City of San Diego Small Business Relief Fund

The City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Approximately $6.1 million is available in the SBRF, which is being administered by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department.

Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Application forms will be posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT


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