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Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust announces COVID-19 RAPID Grant

Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust announces COVID-19 RAPID Grant

Deadline: 7 April 2020

Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust has announced the COVID-19 RAPID Grant with an aim to support projects that will improve our understanding and available control measures for COVID-19.

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The mission of the Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust (the Trust) is to invest, facilitate and build capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ well-being through innovation-driven enterprises, science and technology, and its industrial base.

Recently, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency Worldwide in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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The Trust’s RAPID funding mechanism is used for proposals having a severe urgency with regard to the availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Priority will be given to research that will lead to immediate action and response to promote prevention, risk reduction, positive health outcomes, and the development of the infrastructure required to minimize the transmission and impact of the virus.

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Eligible Activities

To be eligible for funding, projects must be presented in one of the following strategic activities:

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Pathogenesis of the disease
Patterns COVID-19 replication and excretion
Host factors (cardiovascular, diabetes, pulmonary, genetics, etc.) predisposing people groups to more severe disease
Pathophysiology and immunopathology of the disease and its complications
Innate, cellular and humoral immune response
Infectious disease and transmission dynamics
Methods to comprehend the determinants of the spread of infectious diseases and the impact of control strategies
Local population risk factors, comorbidities and susceptibility factors
Molecular epidemiology
Development of models regarding public health mitigation measures that could be effective for control or long-term protection
Novel assays and logistics for contact tracing and early and prompt detection of the disease
Clinical Research
Define and understand the natural history of the disease
Optimizing clinical management
Population cohort studies including selected vulnerable groups
Supportive and specific treatment impact in moderate and severe cases, including clinical recovery and outcomes
Detection of novel targets for treating the disease
Repurposing of drugs for treating the disease
Mental health and social sciences
Assessing the social and economic impact of the disease
Concerns related to clinical appraisal of medical countermeasures
Operational response at the governmental or health systems levels
Impacts of social distancing, curfew, etc., on mental health in general or in specific groups like elderly
Effective health communications and behavioral modification campaigns
Cyberinfrastructure and solutions
Data, artificial intelligence and/or software infrastructure development activities that address COVID-19 challenges
Research & Development
Innovative personal protective equipment (PPE)
Sample swabs
Reagents and assays for virus detection
Point-of-care or rapid, sensitive, and specific diagnostic test or devices
Technologies to kill viruses
Funding Information

Requests may be for up to $100K and of one-year duration.

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Eligibility Criteria

The COVID-19 RAPID grant is open to researchers in public and private universities, colleges, and affiliated non-profit research institutions located in Puerto Rico. Startups and established companies based in Puerto Rico are also invited to apply.
This RFP should focus on helping Puerto Rico respond to and advance knowledge on the COVID-19 epidemic.
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