Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -- NLM

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

NLM is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in relation to NLM’s strategic goal of fostering data driven research.

Research Objectives

In order to rapidly improve our understanding of the infection of SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19, NLM is encouraging the submission of applications for administrative supplements to active NLM R01 grants to address the following research areas of interest:

  • Methods for mining clinical data that can be used to identify or predict presence of COVID-19 in biomedical phenotype data, or other relevant topics such as discovery of risks for infection by SARS-Cov-2 viruses, use of standard terminologies for these viruses in federated health data sets
  • Public health surveillance methods that mine genomic, viromic, health data, environmental data and/or data from other pertinent sources such as social media, to identify spread and impact of SARS-Cov-2.

Applications are expected to focus on informatics and data science methods to help address the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner. Applications that are not responsive will be withdrawn without review.

Application Due Date(s) – June 1, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. This NOSI expires on June 2, 2020. An application submitted in response to this NOSI that is received on/after the expiration date will be withdrawn.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • The project period of the supplement must not exceed one year.
  • The parent award must be active when the application is submitted. The parent award cannot be in a no cost extension period.
  • The Research Strategy section of the application is limited to 6 pages.
  • Only existing awardees of NLM R01 program are eligible to apply.

Amount Description

Application budgets cannot exceed $75,000 in total costs, inclusive of facilities and administration costs. Exceptions to this budget limit may be made with NLM pre-approval and will only be approved under the very rare circumstances where the work may immediately impact public health.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 1, 2020