May 15, 2020 - IU Research Impact: COVID-19 update

IU, ISDH statewide study finds physical distancing has curbed spread in Indiana

Preliminary study results show 2.8 percent, or approximately 186,000 Hoosiers are actively or were previously infected with COVID-19, suggesting physical distancing has helped curb spread of virus. Study results were recently featured in the New York Times.

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Enhancing STEM learning at home

A Facebook group launched to help new homeschooling parents engage kids is expanding through an NSF RAPID grant to look at COVID-19 impact on STEM learning.

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Protecting older adults' well-being during the pandemic

IU researchers are studying how the pandemic has disrupted social connections for older adults and the impact of those disruptions on their emotional and physical well-being.

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Helping small Hoosier businesses shift their operations online

IU’s Kelley School of Business is offering no-cost assistance to help small businesses with their online presence and bolster their digital capabilities.

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Caring for young people facing traumatic effects of global pandemic

An IU clinical psychologist is looking at the emotional and behavioral consequences of the pandemic for young people and how best to help them using technology.

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Featured Experts

A nationally known health economist specializing in policy and state and federal regulations, Kosali Simon is a Herman B Wells Endowed Professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington. Currently collaborating on several data-driven studies, Simon is assessing the impacts of policies on consumer and patient choices during the pandemic as well as details on how COVID-19 has affected jobs and unemployment.

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

The Spencer Foundation COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. Grants support two primary categories of projects: educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis and reimagining equitable educational opportunities. Grants up to $50,000. Rolling deadline until June 8.

The Accelerating Entrepreneurial Responses to COVID-19 Mini-Grant Program has been launched by a group of IU Entrepreneurship & Management professors who conducted an international "Idea Blitz" in March 2020. Applications for funding of up to $2,500 to accelerate entrepreneurial responses to COVID-19 are being accepted from teams who participated in the blitz as well as individuals who did not but have a substantial connection to Indiana University. Deadline May 31, 2020. More information is available on the COVID-19 Idea Blitz website.

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