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. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 48 hours.


You must be:

  • A PI at an academic institution;
  • Already working on a project that could help with the COVID-19 pandemic within the next six months;
  • In need of additional funding to complete the project.
  • Researchers outside the US are eligible for funding.

Fast Grant can be used solely to expedite COVID-19-related science. Beyond that, the grant recipient has complete discretion over how it is spent.

Fast Grants open at 12:00 Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. 


  • PI must use the grant to work on COVID-19-related science.
  • For six months, PI must send monthly updates to the sponsor, summarizing your progress. These updates can be as simple as a single-paragraph email.
  • PI must upload all manuscripts reporting work supported by the grant to a preprint server such as bioRxiv or arXiv upon submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
  • In line with Gates Foundation policy, will pay at most 10% in overhead costs to the university.

For more information, please visit the website.

*SFU Signature Sheet and a copy of the application is due to no later than 3 business days before submitting the application. Applicant (not ORS) submits the applicaiton on the agency portal. 10% of direct costs should be included in the budget as overhead. 

Reminder: Based on the revision of Postdoctoral fellow(PDF) policy (R50.03), please continue to include 14% of PDF benefit in all your proposal budgets.



Upcoming Deadlines

TBDTBD Verified Date
16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science .