HARVARD UNIVERSITY: COVID-19 Response & Resource Page

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of people around the world, but those in developing countries are likely to suffer the most in the face of this global crisis. At the Center for International Development (CID at Harvard), we see this as a call to action. We are responding quickly in the following ways to implement solutions:

  1. We are collecting funding information for COVID-19 specific research & sharing as a common resource in a table below;
  2. We are distributing surveys to faculty members and emerging doctoral students across Harvard to gather information about their current work on COVID-19;
  3. We are connecting researchers, foundations, and policymakers to channel our resources most effectively to solve urgent COVID-19 challenges; and
  4. We are sharing the most up-to-date work of our experts to ensure it is reaching those who need it most.

This resource page is a work-in-progress. We are updating funding opportunities as they are made available. If you are aware of additional funding opportunities, please email us to let us know.

COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities
Current Opportunities
SourceFunding OpportunityWebsite
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)IPA’s Peace & Recovery Program is accepting off-cycle proposals, capped at $50,000, for time-sensitive additions to research projects that study or support the COVID-19 response.IPA’s Peace & Recovery Program Funding
International Growth CentreThe IGC invites researchers to submit proposals for projects that would contribute to informing policy decisions in developing countries in response to the economic crisis from the coronavirus pandemic.IGC Special Call on Coronavirus
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)The following J-PAL initiatives are opening dedicated off-cycle rounds to fund research by J-PAL affiliates and invited researchers that will generate rapid, actionable insights that can help inform policy responses to the pandemic. Proposals for each of these off-cycle windows can be submitted through a common application.J-PAL Funding Opportunities for COVID-19
The World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)Through this call, SIEF aims to fund experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations that examine the extent to which technology can accelerate learning and skills for both children and adults in low- and middle-income countries who are currently not learning adequately with their current set of services.

We encourage you to apply and pass this announcement to others who might be interested, particularly those who can quickly generate useful and actionable information on how we can help children, parents, and educators deal with the COVID-19 crisis around the world.

World Bank Proposals: Can technology accelerate learning and skills?
National Science Foundation (NSF)In light of the emergence and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and abroad, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting 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.NSF COVID-19 Proposals
MIT Solve Challenge 2020Over $1.5 million in prize funding is available for Solve’s 2020 Global Challenges, including Health Security & Pandemics. Learn more.

In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak.

At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it’s critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

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Weiss Fund for Research in Development EconomicsThe Weiss Fund is requesting applications for research that contributes to understanding and addressing the effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic on disadvantaged populations in the developing world. This is an open call, and all relevant proposals will be carefully considered. However, we encourage applications for research that aims to understand how the pandemic has impacted regular health service provision for disadvantaged groups in developing countries, and how policy in those contexts has responded to address potential disruptions.

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