COVID-19 Seed Funding

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute - CITRIS Seed Funding - COVID-19 Response

In March 2020, to respond to COVID-19, CITRIS issued a special call requesting proposals for novel technology research designed to mitigate impacts of the pandemic.

By the April 24 deadline, 97 proposals were received. On May 13, CITRIS announced the first 25 seed funding awards. On March 15, 6 additional projects were awarded. An anonymous $1.6 million matching challenge has increased the number of proposals CITRIS was able to award. CITRIS welcomes additional partners to further expand efforts to address the pandemic.

COVID-19 Seed Funding Award Categories

  • Clinical Care / Therapeutics
  • Contact Tracing
  • Data Analytics / Modeling
  • PPE / Equipment
  • Testing

Learn more about our other seed funding opportunities here.

In the news

Scientists pivot to COVID-19 research, hoping for quick results to deal with pandemic
May 19, 2020 | Berkeley News

Hany Farid, Joshua Blumenstock Awarded Seed Funding for COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
May 15, 2020 | Berkeley School of Information

UC Merced Part of CITRIS’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
May 14, 2020 | UC Merced Newsroom

UC’s CITRIS launches COVID-19 response with 25 awards for innovative technologies
May 14, 2020 | Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Innovative technologies to address COVID-19 funded by UC’s CITRIS
May 13, 2020 | UC Santa Cruz News Center