Call for Proposals: COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Funding Program by Tufts University, USA [Grants Upto Rs. 38L]: Submit by Apr 30


Proposals are now invited for the COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Funding Program by Tufts University, USA. The Tufts University/ Tufts Medical Center COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Funding Program is intended to fast track innovative research proposals that directly address the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jointly funded by Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, priority will be given to work with a high probability of generating new knowledge and/or changing clinical practice (access to treatment and diagnosis). Projects that build on the strengths of diverse and interdisciplinary teams of three or more researchers are encouraged.


The lead principal investigator on the application must be an employee of Tufts University and/or Tufts Medical Center, but applicants may partner with collaborators at community-based, local non-profit organizations (preferably in Tufts University’s host communities of Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville and/or with Tufts Medical Center’s Wellforce partner hospitals) to develop and/or implement the proposed project.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center representatives who will make funding recommendations to Tufts University Vice Provost for Research Caroline Genco and Tufts Medical Center Chief Scientific Officer Errol Norwitz.


Awards will be made up to $50,000 and distributed equally between Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center. A total of $300,000 is dedicated to the seed funding program.

How to Apply?

All applications must include the following components:

  • Project Description (no more than two, single-spaced pages)
  • Budget & Budget Justification:
  • Abbreviated CV or NSF/ NIH-style Biosketch (no more than five single-spaced pages per person)
  • Letters Committing Support of Collaborators and Service Providers
  • References/ Bibliography

Applications are due by 5 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020, and must be submitted as a single PDF attachment to COVID19Funding@tufts.edu. Funding decisions will be made by May 15, 2020.


Email ID: COVID19Funding@tufts.edu

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