New funding opportunity: MIDAS COVID-19 Modeling Urgent Grant Program

The MIDAS Coordination Center is pleased to announce a new COVID-19 funding opportunity for MIDAS members: the MIDAS COVID-19 Modeling Urgent Grant Program, supported by NIGMS. The goal of the COVID-19 Modeling 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. 

Detailed information and application instructions are available here:
MIDAS COVID19 Urgent Grant Program – (146 KB)

Two types of awards will be funded:  

  • Supplemental funding for ongoing work – applications have closed.
  •  New Initiative funding – applications have closed.


Eligibility Criteria 
To apply for either for supplemental or new initiative funding, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

– PI’s must be MIDAS members. Co-investigators may be from the broader community. Any infectious disease modeler working within the mission and vision of the MIDAS network can request MIDAS membership online
– PI’s must be faculty members, postdocs, or senior research professionals. Postdoc PI’s need to have a Co-PI who is a faculty member. 
– PIs must be based at an academic or non-profit institution in the United States. 
– Early Stage and New Investigators (NIH definition) and PI’s from underrepresented groups (as defined by the NIH) are encouraged to apply. 
– PIs who are ineligible to apply for NIH urgent COVID-19 supplemental funding (PA-18-935 or PA-20-135) are particularly encouraged to apply. 
– Co-Investigators may be from any academic or non-profit institution and may include community partners. Co-investigators may be based outside the United States. NIH regulations about reporting and approving foreign project components apply.   
– NOTE: No pre-existing grant funding needs to be in place for the Supplemental funding awards.

Key Dates 

Supplemental Funding Awards (up to $10,000): 

MIDAS Membership Application Deadline* 

No specific deadline, but confirmation of active MIDAS member status must have been received before applications can be accepted for review. Note that processing of MIDAS membership requests can take up to one week.

Application Deadline 

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until available funds have been disbursed. Reviews will take place bimonthly at the end of November and January. To be included in a review, the application should have been received one week before the start of the review period.

Notice of Award 

Reviews will take place bimonthly. Notices of award for selected applications will be sent one week after the bimonthly review period.

Funding Begins** 

The earliest start date should be no earlier than one month after the bimonthly review period.  


Supplemental Funding Review and Award Periods 

Application period 

Submission deadline 

Review period 


Earliest start date 

Oct-Nov 2020 

Nov 23 

Nov 30 – Dec 14 

Dec 21 

Jan 14 

Dec-Jan 2020-21 

Jan 24 

Jan 31 – Feb 14 

Feb 21 

Mar 14 


Funding for New Initiatives (up to $100,000)

MIDAS Membership Application Deadline* 

5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 

Letter of Intent Deadline 

5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 

Invitations for Full Proposals Sent 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 

Full Proposal Deadline 

5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 

Notice of Award 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 

Funding Begins** 

Thursday, October 1, 2020 

*For non-MIDAS members only, existing MIDAS members can ignore  
** Exact date may vary. The award process cannot commence until required regulatory approvals have been obtained. 



For program questions, contact the MCC by email at or by phone at 412-624-7693. 


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