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Information on opportunities for funded research related to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as guidelines for conducting research during this time, will be posted here for SLU researchers. 

Rapid Response COVID-19 Seed Fund

Researchers from across the University are mobilizing to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The Saint Louis University Research Institute is committed to empowering all researchers as they tackle the greatest challenges of our day, including COVID-19.

With generous support from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, the Research Institute has launched a Rapid Response COVID-19 Seed Fund to support faculty-led pilot projects related to coronaviruses and mitigating the effects of the current pandemic. 

The $300,000 fund will provide rapid support to shovel-ready projects that can have a significant impact to our understanding of the current pandemic. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of faculty from the Research Councils. While this panel will strive to provide a rapid response to all applicants, it will be able to provide a particularly rapid response to requests of $10,000 or less; requests of $25,000 or more may require further evaluation. The panel may request a brief interview by phone or by Zoom to gain additional information or clarification.

Applicants are asked to provide a two-page proposal including the following information:

  • Page 1: 
    • Name and Department
    • Collaborators (if any)
    • Brief Project Description
    • Expected Outcomes: What do you hope to learn from this project? Where will this knowledge take you following the project’s completion?
  • Page 2:
    • Budget
    • Budget Justification
    • Timeline (Projects are expected to be complete in three to six months, and final reports will be due by 12/1/20). 

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted; applicants looking for a particularly speedy response are encouraged to apply as soon as they are ready. Since we may receive a larger number of proposals over this first week, we may hold a review panel for proposals received by Friday, April 17th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter and will be considered as long as funds remain available.

Applications should be submitted on Open Water (found under “My Tools” at Questions can be directed to Jasmin Patel, assistant vice president for research, at

Additional Funding Opportunities
National Institutes of Health Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have released information on a variety of funding opportunities specific to COVID-19. Detailed, up-to-date information on each of these opportunities can be found on the NIH's coronavirus resources website

National Science Foundation: Research on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The National Science Foundation is accepting proposals to conduct research related to COVID-19. Detailed, up-to-date information on all of the opportunities, as well as additional NSF guidance to funded researchers, can be found on the NSF's "Coronavirus Information" webpage