COVID-19 Grant Related Updates

The Office of Sponsored Research Administration is closely tracking guidance issued by the NIH, DOD and other grant making agencies with regard to COVID-19. See below for the most recent updates. For WCM's COVID-19 Guidance page, visit WCM Central.

Guidance for WCM Investigators conducting scientific and animal research related to COVID-19 can be found here.  

OSRA COVID-19 Guidance

Office of Sponsored Research Administration's COVID19 Guidance Documentation:

NIH COVID-19 Administrative Supplement and Competitive Revision opportunities: COVID-19 Opportunities

Administrative Supplement and Competitive Revision information and side by side comparison table: Information Table

Administrative Supplement and Competitive Revision application checklist: Checklist

NIH & WCM Award Management Flexibilities: Flexibilities Chart

Post Submission Material Policy

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NIH recently revised the requirements for preliminary data post-submission requirements for researchers preparing grant applications for the January 2021 council (Cycle II deadlines, beginning with applications submitted for the May 25, 2020 due date). NIH will accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted under all activity codes, only if the Funding Opportunity Announcement used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. One page of preliminary data will be accepted for single component applications or for each component of a multi-component application. 

Council on Governmental Relations

The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), a national association of research institutions, has assembled extensive FAQs on federal agency guidance regarding the response to COVID-19. 

NYSTEM Program Deadlines Extended

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak the application due dates for the New York State Stem Cell Investigator Initiated Research Projects (IIRP) and Innovative, Developmental or Exploratory Activities (IDEA) are being extended to June 25, 2020 at 4pm.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities 

National Institutes of Health

A comprehensive list of NIH opportunities is available here

National Science Foundation 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19, to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge.

NSF encourages the research community to respond to this challenge through existing funding opportunities

More information is available here

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense requests enhanced white papers for the Development of Treatments for COVID-19. Deadline is April 8th. 

NIH Update on COVID-19 Flexibilities for the Research Community

NIH's comprehensive COVID-19 overview page can be found here

USAMRAA’s Supplemental Guidance on Administrative Flexibilities for Grants and Cooperative Agreements in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated, robust guidance for DOD Awardees can be found on their comprehensive website here

Updated NIH Late Submission Policy

NIH further revised their late submission policy during the COVID-19 crisis NOT-OD-20-091

NIH understands that the emergency declaration related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will adversely affect many NIH applicants' ability to submit applications in a timely manner.

Therefore, all grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, will be accepted through May 1, 2020.

US Department of Defense Submission Deadline Extensions

Due to impacts of COVID-19, the DOD has extended some application due dates, see table below.  

Requests for further extensions to the new deadlines will not be accepted. Please consult the modified Program Announcements


Deadline Type

New Deadline Date

Breast Cancer Research Program

Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2

Full ApplicationMarch 30th, 2020

Breast Cancer Research Program

Era of Hope Scholar Award

Full ApplicationMarch 30th, 2020
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research ProgramPre-applicationApril 15th, 2020
Autism Research ProgramPre-applicationApril 28th, 2020
Ovarian Cancer Research Program Pre-applicationApril 30th, 2020

NIH Message on Flexibilities Needed for COVID-19

NIH Announces Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients Affected by COVID-19

NIH outlines administrative flexibilities applicable to NIH applicants and recipients where the entity is conducting research activities related to or affected by COVID-19. Affected entities are those that have been closed, or business activities have been hindered due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and/or illness. Affected entities will be asked to provide documentation to NIH describing effects. 

Full Announcement: NOT-OD-20-086