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COVID-19 Updates

The following is a list of funding competitions, recommended resources and advisories for research. We will be updating this page regularly as more resources are made available.

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Canada Digital Technology Supercluster Call for COVID-19 Solutions


CIHR - Mental Health and Substance Use Response to COVID-19

The Government of Canada has announced one new competition and one anticipated new competition related to mental health and substance use response to COVID-19.

For detailed program and application information, please visit program’s website.

Fast-Grants : Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

Fast Grants are $10k to $500k (USD) and decisions are made in under 48 hours. The application form should take less than 30 minutes.
For detailed program and application information, please visit:

InfoEd Global: Online COVID-19/ Coronavirus Resources Database

Online database of international COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources.

Innovative Medicines Canada: Research Chair in pandemic preparedness

Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) announced the creation of a Research Chair in pandemic preparedness. IMC's member companies will contribute $500,000 from the IMC COVID-19 Fund over three years, to support the work of an early-career researcher affiliated with a recognized academic institution to be the Health Research Foundation of Innovative Medicines Canada Chair in Pandemic Research.

Deadline: A call for applications will be issued in June 2020

Innovative Solutions Canada

COVID-19 funding opportunities.

Manulife CIFAR Population Health & Well-being Grant Program – COVID-19

CIFAR issued a targeted call for interdisciplinary research collaborations focused on Population and Public Health related to COVID-19 to spark innovative, high-risk/high-reward ideas and projects. The Manulife CIFAR Population Health & Well-being Grants provide seed funding for time-limited activities.

Deadline: June 5, 2020

2020 Merck KGaA Research Grants

Grants of 100,000 EUR - 500,000 EUR per year for up to 3 years are available in the areas of drug discovery; next generation machine learning; pandemic preparedness / fighting new emerging viral infectious disease; and more. Open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

NIH - National Innovation Initiative for COVID-19 Diagnostics

A new initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at speeding innovation, development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies. With a $1.5 billion investment from federal stimulus funding, the newly launched Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative will infuse funding into early innovative technologies to speed development of rapid and widely accessible COVID-19 testing.

Deadline: There will be a rolling submission and selection process beginning April 29, 2020 that will continue until further notice.

For detailed program and application information, please visit:

OCE Open for COVID-19 Submissions

For the COVID-19 Call for Submissions, OCE will consider alternate matching requirements on a case-by-case basis, for OCE funding up to $100,000 up to Thursday, May 28, 2020. Through these programs, we are supporting innovative COVID-19 solutions that leverage all emerging technologies.

For full details contact your
OCE Business Development Manager.

PSI foundation

Special funding stream for clinician-scientists and fast-tracking of COVID-19 applications.

Applicants should ensure they include the word "Research:" at the start of their proposal title.

Request for Proposals (RFP) Vaccine-Preventable Diseases – COVID-19

Pfizer Global Medical Grants Announces a New Research RFP in COVID-19.

The RFP intends to support research to increase knowledge of COVID-19 epidemiology, infection, pathophysiology, and potential prevention measures. They are particularly interested in supporting research in the following areas:

  • Understand the impact of COVID on communities, the spectrum of disease in communities, and level of herd immunity
  • Postmortem Analysis of deceased persons with known or suspected COVID-19

Deadline: June 17, 2020

If you have questions regarding this RFP, please direct them in writing to Derek Warnick.

SOSCIP COVID-19 Response

The SOSCIP COVID-19 Response aims to provide rapid access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources on their advanced computing platforms. Through industry-academic partnerships, compute space for collaborators committed to responding to COVID-19 will be fast-tracked, and successful applicants will be rapidly launched onto the compute systems.

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant COVID-19 Special Initiative

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is committed to investing up to $1.5 million over the next two Partnership Engage Grants (PEG) competitions to support COVID-19 related projects. Grants are valued at a maximum amount of $25K per project for one year.

Deadlines: June 15, 2020 and September 15, 2020


CFN Request for Proposals: Frailty and COVID-19

Coordinated by the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN).

Deadline: Friday April 17, 8 p.m.

CIFAR: Action on COVID-19

Deadline: April 3, 11:59 p.m.

CIHR - COVID-19 May 2020 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity is part of the Government of Canada's continued rapid response to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the launch of this operating grant is available here.

Deadline: May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge

Coordinated by Roche Canada.

Deadline: April 10.

CIHR Operating Grant : COVID-19 Clinical Epidemiology Research Rapid Response

Harrington Scholar Award for Coronavirus

Philanthropic drug development program seeks to accelerate treatments into human clinical trials. In addition to dedicated drug development support and project management, awardees will receive $150k guaranteed, with the potential to receive up to $1 million in charitable support.

Deadline: April 30, 2020

National Research Council Canada (NRC) COVID-19 response

Current NRC funding opportunities to help fight COVID-19:

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

Up to $50,000 up to 1 year for university researchers collaborating with private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations. Partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results.

Deadline: Before June 1, 2020

Ontario Together

Sponsored by Ontario Ministry of Colleges & Universities (MCU).

Researchers will need to submit their project through the Ontario Together Portal first before submitting the MCU Rapid Research Fund application. When submitting a proposal please ensure:

  • They are submitted to Ideas Section of Ontario Together portal
  • The project title should start with the words: “MCU Research Proposal:”
  • The institution name is to be included in the portal submission.

Deadline: April 24, 2020.

SCN COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative

Coordinated by Genome BC Programs.

Deadline: April 8, 5:00 p.m. 

Toronto Covid-19 Action Initiative

Coordinated by University of Toronto.

Deadline: March 30, noon for Notice of Intent, April 1, 11:59 p.m. for full applications.

Vale COVID-19 Challenge

USD $1 million fund designed to propel innovative COVID-19 solutions into the marketplace to reach the end user within 15 days of the approval date. The challenge is open in Canada and Brazil with each selected solution eligible to receive up to USD $200,000.

Deadline: April 8, 2020.

Resources »

COVID-19 Resources Canada

The website provides resources for researchers and clinicians fighting COVID-19 in Canada and include a list of active COVID-19 research projects and initiatives.

COVID-19 Resources for Women Entrepreneurs in Canada

A comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for researchers and entrepreneurs, with a focus on women entrepreneurs.

COVID-19 Response Resource for the University of Toronto and Affiliated Institutions

Access to University of Toronto services.

Deadline: none.

Honeybee – COVID-19 Research

Web portal connects COVID-19 researchers with potential study participants.

OCE COVID-19 Collaboration Platform

For full details contact your OCE Business Development Manager.

U of T’s Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research

Coordinate by the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS), the website includes up-to-date list of current COVID-19 funding opportunities; a listing of robust sources of published, pre-print, and synthesized research; data sets and visualizations; and more. Visit the CRIS Spotlight page to access these resources.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Information & advisories »


An expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s chief science officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to optimize Canada’s research response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

CFI Competitions

Update on COVID-19 impact on current Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) activities.

CIHR - Cancelling the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIHR has cancelled the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition.

CIHR Seeking Peer Reviewers for May 2020 COVID-19 Rapid Research funding opportunity

We urge members of our research community to volunteer as reviewers for this competition – whether or not you will be an applicant. If you are interested and available, please reach out to CIHR immediately with your CV.

CIHR & Tri Agency

COVID-19 information related to Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Extension of Tri-Agency Scholarships & Fellowships

Due to the impact of COVID-19, all Tri-Agency student awards and fellowships ending between March and August 2020 are eligible for a 4-month extension. Eligible awards include Canada Graduate Scholarships (Masters (CGS-M), Doctoral (CGS-D) and Vanier streams), Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships and agency-specific doctoral and postdoctoral programs.

Potentially eligible award holders will be contacted directly by the relevant granting agency (CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC) in the coming weeks.

Consult the tri-agency FAQ page for full details on the extension program, restrictions, contacts and more.

University of Toronto contact: Laura Weir.

Health Canada Clinical trials

Information for the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impacts of COVID-19 on the New Frontiers in Research Fund

NATO Innovation Challenge to fight COVID-19
NATO Innovation Hub – Request for Innovative Participation.
Internal Deadline: May 15, 2020.
External Deadline: June 11, 2020.


COVID-19 information for National Institutes of Health (NIH) applicants and recipients of NIH funding.

NSERC Discovery Grant Holders: Option for one-year funded extension

Due to the impact of COVID-19, all active Discovery Grants can elect to receive a one-year extension with funds at their current funding level.

University of Toronto

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and U of T's response.

U of T: Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation

The Approach for Research Recovery and Adaptation outlines the process and risk assessment considerations for gradual and controlled research recovery and adaption on- and off-campus.

U of T: COVID-19 Guideline for Reopening Research

The Guideline provides strategies and the University’s requirements for making research spaces ready for re-entry or increased occupancy.

US Department of Defense

COVID-19 FAQs for grant applicants and recipients.

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Sunnybrook COVID-19 research initiative »

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our community, Sunnybrook Foundation and Sunnybrook Research Institute have created the COVID-19 Research Initiative from funds directly donated to support Sunnybrook’s response to COVID-19.

The competition is open to all SRI-appointed scientists, and project funding of up to $100k is available for COVID-19 related research that can make a quick and substantive impact. It is expected that the CRI funding will be spent at Sunnybrook.

The application form is short and completed submissions should be submitted to Kevin Hamilton, no later than Friday 15th May 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted.

We intend to complete the application review process and announce decisions before June 1st 2020. We intend that funding will be available immediately.

For questions about the competition or the application process, please contact Kevin Hamilton or Donna Yee in the strategic research programs office.

Supporting documents:


For more information, contact:

Kevin Hamilton

Director, strategic research programs.