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The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is Operational and Working Remotely

We understand that these are difficult times for the MSU Denver community, but OSRP remains committed to assisting faculty and staff with fundraising endeavors. We remain operational and are working remotely with the ability to submit, receive and manage your grant activities. We are actively tracking new grant funding opportunities and changing deadlines, and are available to assist you remotely as needed. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact OSRP, or also refer to COVID-19 Emergency Funding available from MSU Denver Corporate and Foundation Relations.

All Principal Investigators on Currently Active Grants Must Complete a Research Continuity Plan

In response to COVID-19, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is instituting a university-wide Research Continuity Plan for all active grants as part of their grants management plan.  We are requiring that all Principal Investigators on currently active grants work with their grant support staff to complete Research Continuity Plans in an effort to best prepare for, and anticipate, any interruptions in program progress as a result of COVID-19. For instructions, please refer to our Research Continuity Plan web page, or download the COVID-19 Research Continuity Plan April 2020.

We Are Actively Tracking New COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities

New public and private funding opportunities are being announced related not only to COVID-19 research but also funding to support those experiencing financial and other hardships as a result of this pandemic. We are actively tracking those opportunities and will maintain a list here that will be updated on an ongoing basis.

Complimentary COVID19 Funding Databases and OSRP Pivot Funding Database Subscription

The InfoEd Global SPIN funding opportunities database is actively tracking COVID-19/Coronavirus-related funding opportunities and other types of community resources, and making that information available at no cost to everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the database here. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, it’s critically important that researchers, who are learning about the virus and pursuing science-based solutions to the global coronavirus pandemic, can find the funding they need. With this in mind, GrantForward is proud to provide free access to a list of funding opportunities in the area of COVID-19. Access the database here. 

We also encourage you to conduct your own targeted searches with our OSRP Pivot Funding Database subscription. Featuring 25,000 records representing over 400,000 opportunities worth over $33 billion, COS Pivot is the single most comprehensive source to search for funding. With COS Pivot, you can add your own tags to funding opportunities, create personalized folders, save and share searches, set up weekly alerts and let the system search for you. Instructions are here.

The list of available coronavirus-related funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizations and commercial organizations, with all relevant information, will be updated on a daily basis. OSRP staff are actively monitoring these opportunities and the most relevant are listed below.

Institutional Funding Opportunities

Russel Sage Foundation, August 5 deadline

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) has long supported social science research with the aim of improving social and living conditions in the United States.  In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. For its August 5, 2020 deadline, RSF will only accept letters of inquiry relevant to one of RSF’s core programs that address at least one of the following issues: Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S.; Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. More information is available here.

National Science Foundation Rapid Response Grants to Support Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research; Funding level varies by program; First round of award competition is closed; Second round is pending dependent on additional congressional funding.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is working closely with the scientific research community to bolster the national response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The agency is funding dozens of research projects on COVID-19 to mobilize the scientific community to better understand and develop measures to respond to the virus. Critical challenges like these require input from a variety of scientists, engineers and educators. Examples of successful research proposals are here.

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this. If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If we approve the grant, you'll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it. Additional information is available here.

US Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority (BARDA); Contract opportunity

COVID-19 response related Areas of Interest includes: AOI 10 Respiratory protective devices; AOI 11 Ventilators; AOI 17 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. More information is available here.

Upcoming Limited Submission Grant Funding Opportunities

Currently featured here are the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership (SEP) award, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate Stem Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions (IUSE:HSI) award.

Economic Assistance for Individuals

Denver and Arapahoe County families in need assistance

Arapahoe County families experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for short-term, state-sponsored financial assistance to help them through the crisis. Beginning immediately, families may apply for the Colorado Works County Emergency Disaster Program through Colorado PEAK, an online service that allows qualified Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash and early childhood assistance. 

Douglas County family assistance

COVID-19 assistance resources available from the Douglas County Community Foundation are here.

COVID-19 Resources for Artists

Compiled by the National Endowment for the Arts, this resource lists financial assistance opportunities available to artists who are negatively impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance for Currently Active Grants

OMB M-20-17, dated March 19, 2020. Additional information here.

No-cost extensions on expiring awards. (2 CFR § 200.308)

"To the extent permitted by law, awarding agencies may extend awards which were active as of March 31, 2020 and scheduled to expire prior or up to December 31, 2020, automatically at no cost for a period of up to twelve (12) months. This will allow time for recipient assessments, the resumption of many individual projects, and a report on program progress and financial status to agency staff. Project-specific financial and performance reports will be due 90 days following the end date of the extension. Awarding agencies will examine the need to extend other project reporting as the need arises."

Allowability of salaries and other project activities. (2 CFR § 200.403, 2 CFR § 200.404, 2 CFR § 200.405)

"Awarding agencies may allow recipients to continue to charge salaries and benefits to currently active Federal awards consistent with the recipients' policy of paying (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal. Awarding agencies may allow other costs to be charged to Federal awards necessary to resume activities supported by the award, consistent with applicable Federal cost principles and the benefit to the project. Awarding agencies may also evaluate the grantee's ability to resume the project activity in the future and the appropriateness of future funding, as done under normal circumstances based on subsequent progress reports and other communications with the grantee. Awarding agencies must require recipients to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation as required by 2 CFR § 200.302 -Financial management and 2 CFR § 200.333 -Retention requirement of records to substantiate the charging of any salaries and other project activities costs related to interruption of operations or services."

Allowability of Costs not Normally Chargeable to Awards. (2 CFR § 200.403, 2 CFR § 200.404, 2 CFR § 200.405)

"Awarding agencies may allow recipients who incur costs related to the cancellation of events, travel, or other activities necessary and reasonable for the performance of the award, or the pausing and restarting of grant funded activities due to the public health emergency, to charge these costs to their award without regard to 2 CFR § 200.403, Factors affecting allowability of costs2 CFR § 200.404, Reasonable costsand 2 CFR § 200.405, Allocable costs. Awarding agencies may allow recipients to charge full cost of cancellation when the event, travel, or other activities are conducted under the auspices of the grant. Awarding agencies must advise recipients that they should not assume additional funds will be available should the charging of cancellation or other fees result in a shortage of funds to eventually carry out the event or travel. A warding agencies must require recipients to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation as required by 2 CFR § 200.302 -Financial management and 2 CFR § 200.333 ­Retention requirement of recordsto substantiate the charging of any cancellation or other fees related to interruption of operations or services. As appropriate, awarding agencies may list additional guidance on specific types of costs on their websites and/or provide a point of contact for an agency program official."

Extension of financialperformance, and other reporting. (2 CPR§ 200.327, 2 CPR§ 200.328)

"Awarding agencies may allow grantees to delay submission of financial, performance and other reports up to three (3) months beyond the normal due date. If an agency allows such a delay, grantees will continue to draw down Federal funds without the timely submission of these reports. However, these reports must be submitted at the end of the postponed period. In addition, awarding agencies may waive the requirement for recipients to notify the agency of problems, delays or adverse conditions related to COVID-19 on a grant by grant basis (200 CPR 200.328(d)(l)."

Extension of closeout. (2 CPR§ 200.343)

"Awarding agencies may allow the grantee to delay submission of any pending financial, performance and other reports required by the terms of the award for the closeout of expired projects, provided that proper notice about the reporting delay is given by the grantee to the agency. This delay in submitting closeout reports may not exceed one year after the award expires."


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