Request for Funding for Virtual Field-Based Meetings to Suppport the VA Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
BLR&D is soliciting applications for field based meetings to foster collaboration for research related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The planned meeting must address an area of high importance for the health of Veterans including but not limited to: models of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection including pulmonary involvement and involvement of organs other than the lungs, the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 (innate, humoral and cellular), the effects of diabetes, obesity, age and other comorbidities on susceptibility and severity, development of prevention strategies and treatments for the infection and its complications and the development of improved methods of virus surveillance and disinfection relevant to VA medical facilities.
This funding opportunity solicits 2 types of meetings:
- Meetings that bring together researchers with a current COVID-related research award and
- Meetings to plan a future submission of a collaborative merit application.
The field-based meeting must be conducted virtually. Ideally, the meeting should occur as soon as possible to maximize relevancy. However, approval may be requested for meeting to occur after March 31, 2021.
Each meeting must result in the development of a translational roadmap laying out the research path forward.
Meeting costs must be under $10,000.
The due date for applications is October 16, 2020.