The MIDAS COVID-19 Urgent Grant Program is made possible through NIGMS supplemental funding to the MCC. The goal of the COVID-19 Urgent Grant Program is to rapidly provide funds to researchers in the MIDAS network to accelerate the development of models of COVID-19 spread and the impact of possible public health interventions. Projects can include any type of modeling methods to address an important aspect of COVID-19. New multidisciplinary partnerships and use of innovative modeling methods are encouraged. Two types of awards are funded: Supplemental funding and New Initiative funding.
This grant program would not be possible without the help from our reviewers. We would like to thank them for their participation in this process. The reviewers for each program can be found on the respective grant pages.
New Initiative funding provides MIDAS investigators with up to $100,000 for a new research project. Five projects are funded. New Initiative funding adds new data or outcomes to COVID-19 modeling research, or to addresses gaps in the existing COVID-19 modeling landscape. Enhancements to existing models include, among others, adding economic outcomes, taking into account environmental or social drivers of infection, or incorporating more complex human behavior. New Initiative funding may also be used to develop new modeling resources, such as open data or software. New Initiative projects will take place within the 10-01-2020 to 06-30-2021 period (for more information, see the section about the award process).
MIDAS members may request up to $10,000 in total (direct and indirect) funds to supplement ongoing COVID-19 research. No pre-existing grant funding needs to be in place for these awards. Approximately 10 Supplemental awards will be made. Supplemental funding could be requested to cover publication costs, equipment, student salaries, or other small-scale cost in support of ongoing COVID-19 modeling research. Supplemental funding projects take place within the 09-11-2020 to 06-30-2021 period (for more information, see the section about the award process).