During 2020 and beyond, Indiana University researchers have continued crucial work to combat the coronavirus and its negative effects on lives across the globe.
Throughout 2020, IU made strategic decisions about how to allocate scarce resources, including allocating special COVID-19 research funds to 28 projects that were and are urgently focused on ways to detect, treat, manage, and ultimately eradicate the threat of the deadly virus.
A total of $565,411 was disbursed for the VPR-funded projects. (See a full project list.)
“It is clear that a key to surmounting the current crisis is through the rapid sharing of new discoveries, ideas, and innovations, wherever they might originate, and through robust and vigorous international collaboration and engagement of the kind in which IU has always been a leader,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie at the time grants were being made.
Projects related to scientific, economic, social, policy, humanistic, and artistic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic received financial support to produce near-term impact and garner longer-term external support.
IUPUI's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research also provided special COVID-19 funding for projects from schools and units on that campus. The OVCR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program provided 17 projects with internal grants to address the diverse challenges posed by the pandemic. A total of $201,611 was disbursed to fund the IUPUI projects.
For more on IU faculty's ongoing work to address the COVID-19 pandemic, visit this story archives page.