Northeastern University Research Development COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Funding Resources

New opportunities are expected to be released by federal agencies, private foundations, and corporations to support scientific and societal responses to COVID-19. Northeastern Research Development is collecting these opportunities and seeking to organize faculty to take advantage of expertise and respond quickly to these opportunities. Turnaround on these opportunities is likely to be very short. We are asking faculty to complete an online survey about related research interests through this link. This will enable Research Development to direct resources to interested faculty and facilitate quickly evolving COVID-19 related activities.

Potential topics include:

  • Cybersecurity for those working from home/Intellectual property theft
  • Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to further research on the Coronavirus disease
  • Education
  • Crowd sourcing
  • Virtual epidemiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Disinfection
  • Early detection
  • Family resilience
  • Game design
  • Point of care diagnostics
  • Medical device design
  • Machine learning
  • Disease modeling, research efforts to develop predictive models for the spread of Coronaviruses and related pathogens
  • Mental health in response to social distancing/applied psych
  • COVID-19 detection assays
  • Structure of the virus
  • Virus-host interactions
  • Improved modeling for understanding natural viral populations and persistence in the environment
  • Understanding virus-microbiome community composition, function, and evolution
  • Synthetic biology of key target viral proteins
  • Research collecting and examining data on the risks and outcomes for COVID-19 infection in individuals suffering from substance use disorders (smoking, vaping, opioids, other drug use)
  • Vaccines & therapeutics
  • Wireless technology

COVID-19 Team

 To facilitate outreach, convening and connecting Northeastern faculty with emerging opportunities, we ask each faculty member to identify key areas of expertise by completing a survey (Survey Link) and joining the COVID-19 Research Team via this link (Teams Link). The Team will be used to organize meetings and disseminate information to the faculty, including a weekly digest of new opportunities and faculty interests related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Open Funding opportunities

COVID-19 funding opportunities from federal agencies and private sponsors will continue to be posted on the Research Development FOA page. COVID-19-specific opportunities can be found using the following link:

If you have interest in any of these opportunities, please contact Research Development.

NU COVID-19 Seed Funding:

Northeastern University’s Office of the Provost, in partnership with the colleges, is providing critical support for COVID-19 research through this new program by investing in innovative research ideas that address this global need. In the current pandemic crisis, it is crucial for Northeastern University to respond quickly to critical research questions. Please visit the NU COVID-19 Seed Funding page for more details. 

Other Opportunities

Many private organizations and corporations are releasing new funds or redirecting existing resources toward COVID-19 research. These opportunities will require leveraging existing relationships with these organizations in order to access this new support. If you are interested in these opportunities or are currently pursuing one, we ask that you fill out the survey (Survey Link) and contact your college’s assigned Corporate and Foundations development officer(see below).

College of Engineering

  • Corporations: John Bowen, Marybeth Savicki
  • Foundations: Holly Foskett

College of Science

  • Corporations & Foundations: Holly Foskett, Karin McEwen

Khoury College of Computer Science

  • Corporations & Foundations: Rob Silk, Lindsey Sadonis

D’Amore McKim School of Business

  • Corporations & Foundations: Marybeth Savicki

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Corporations & Foundations: Bethany Basile

Law School

  • Corporations & Foundations: Bethany Basile

College of Arts, Media and Design

  • Corporations & Foundations: Rob Silk (primary

Bouve College of Health Sciences

  • Corporations & Foundations: Julia Van

Effects of COVID-19 on Existing Funding

If you have questions about how your existing funding may be affected,  NU-RES is collecting and regularly updating that information, which may be found: