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March 23

Share Funding Opportunities Information Session

Rapid Research Pilot Program Grant for COVID-19 Testing

The Rapid Research Pilot Program (RP2) is designed to provide support for small, manageable research studies that focus on evaluating novel strategies for the implementation of COVID-19 testing in vulnerable and underserved populations. Researchers seeking funds to conduct COVID-19 testing can apply for up to $200,000 in direct cost funding and, if awarded, will have one year to complete the community-engaged NIH-funded RP2 research project.

Who should apply?

Researchers from community health departments, institutions of higher education – especially historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority-serving institutions – as well as industry, tech incubators, innovation offices, and state and local governments are all encouraged to apply.

Do you think there is a better way to get COVID-19 testing to communities hardest hit by the pandemic? This project from Massachusetts thought so. The team is finding that the best way to get COVID-19 testing to the homeless population is to find testing deserts using GIS data, drive there in a mobile clinic (a van), walk around the area to invite people to stop by, and administer 15-minute rapid tests. You can watch a short video about their RP2 project.

To learn more about the grant and whether it is a good fit for your institution, join an informational webinar and Q&A on Wednesday, March 23, 2-3 p.m. ET. Sign up here.

You will find a few more details about the types of projects the CDCC is looking for, as well as more information about the RADx-UP Program and CDCC and the benefits of being a part of the consortium. But all details and the link to apply for the funding can be found on the RADx-UP webpage: https://radx-up.org/apply-for-grant/

The next application deadline is May 13, 2022. We appreciate your help in spreading the word about this opportunity.

Details: How can you use $200,000 in direct costs for COVID-19 testing?

These funds can be used to assess the feasibility of integrating a COVID-19 diagnostic within a vulnerable and underserved populations via RADx-UP program in coordination with the NIH-supported RADx initiatives. For example, funds can be used for direct costs of implementation including transportation, communication, staffing, vehicles, etc.

Applicants must address a number of potential challenges including the following three key areas:

  1. Potential barriers: what are the current challenges to effective testing within the underserved or vulnerable community and how will you address them?
  2. Alignment of testing to community needs: Is the FDA-authorized test method appropriate, accounting for the interests, needs, and beliefs of the community?
  3. Testing workflow and access: Are the tests administered in or outside the home? Are the tests scalable in terms of testing supplies shelf life, storage conditions, and vendor inventories? What are the requirements to report test results?

Why this one-year pilot grant with RADx-UP?

RADx® Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) was created by the National Institutes of Health to ensure that all Americans have access to COVID-19 testing, with a focus on communities most affected by the pandemic. RADx-UP is a consortium of more than 125 community-engaged research partnerships across the United States and its territories as well as Tribal Nations studying COVID-19 testing patterns. The collected data will help community leaders and policy makers identify effective strategies to reduce disparities in COVID-19 testing and other health needs this pandemic and in future crises.

The consortium of 125 projects (and growing) benefit from being a part of a community of practice. RP2 researchers and community partners will have access to expert guidance on testing, translation of recruitment and findings dissemination materials, and much more. Watch these short videos about how the CDCC supports grant awardees.

For more details and application instructions, visit: https://radx-up.org/apply-for-grant/

To sign up for a webinar to learn more, register here: https://duke.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctdeiuqT8vHdVcY-At7zAnarZqrvpaxYG-

The next deadline for applications is May 13, 2022. Not sure if this grant is right for your project? Submit a brief letter-of-intent through the application portal and we will set up office hours with our testing core experts to talk about your project’s testing plan/strategy and offer procurement guidance as needed.

Questions? Email: RADx-UPMiniGrant-PilotProgramAdmin@dm.duke.edu


March 23
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