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RFAs are part of COVID-19 Research Initiative Seronet that aims to better understand the immune response to the novel coronavirus.

National Cancer Institute Opens Requests for Applications & Proposals Related to COVID-19

  • 2020-07-09T19:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: NCI


The National Cancer Institute has issued two Requests for Applications (RFAs) and a Request for Proposals to support research into the SARS-CoV-2 immune response. The RFAs are part of the COVID-19 Research Initiative SeroNet that is addressing the urgent need to increase our understanding of the immune response to the novel coronavirus. More information on the RFAs can be found here.

RFA SARS-CoV-2 Serological Sciences Centers of Excellence will carry out two or three projects in basic and applied serological research to characterize the immune responses elicited by SARS-CoV-2 viral infection, understand mechanisms driving the broad immune responses, determine modifiers of the immune response, identify serological correlates of disease pathogenesis and protection against future infection, or define access, communications and implementation barriers for serological testing. Applications are due by July 22, 2020 with the individual awards capped at $1.5 Million Direct Costs. NCI intends to commit $8–16 Million in FY 2020 to fund four to eight awards.

In addition, RFA Research Projects in SARS-CoV-2 Serological Sciences will carry out a research project in basic and applied serological research. The application due date is July 22, 2020 as well, with the individual awards capped at $500,000 Direct Costs. NCI intends to commit $6–8 Million in FY 2020 to fund five to ten awards.

The National Cancer Institute has also issued one Request for Proposal (RFA) to support research into the SARS-CoV-2 immune response. The RFP for the Serological Sciences Network Capacity Building Centers covers the development and expansion of the national serological testing capacity, with the goal of scaling up to a screening capacity of 10,000 patients per week, per center. There is a proposal due date of July 16, 2020. For more information, please contact Heather Sewell to request a copy of the Solicitation Package.