CRF Open Call – Gates Foundation – Health Data Research – ICODA COVID-19 Data Science Initiative Inbox

Dec 23, 2020 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Instructors
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Gates Foundation - Health Data Research - ICODA COVID-19 Data Science Initiative Inbox

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges program.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, implemented by Health Data Research UK
Opportunity: Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science pilot programme


This pilot Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science initiative is an open request for grant proposals. The desired outcome is to fund studies that will facilitate research collaboration among researchers to address major COVID-19 research questions and reduce the harm of the current COVID-19 pandemic, while fostering global, multi-disciplinary collaborations. Proposals may focus on one of a range of COVID-19 research areas, including:

  1. natural disease history, epidemiology and transmission;
  2. vaccines and prophylaxis;
  3. infection, prevention and control;
  4. therapeutics;
  5. clinical management.

The pilot initiative will be followed by a larger Request for Proposals to be launched late in 2021, and run by global Grand Challenges partners.

For details and criteria please consult the Request for Proposal guidelines.

 Award Amount & Terms:

$25,000-$100,000 in funding for 6-12 months, among other benefits/opportunities.


The call is open to researchers (including tenured and non-tenured faculty, and postdocs) from anywhere in the world. Researchers based at international organizations, government agencies, research and academic institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations can apply.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of this RFP, the programme recommends including collaborators from different regional or international institutions and researchers, especially from lower and middle-income countries.


  • December 17, 2020: Grand Challenge published
  • January 19, 2021: Short application form due
  • Mid-February, 2021:  Full proposal due, if invited
  • Early-March, 2021: Shortlisted Projects Interviewed

 Special Requirements:

If you are invited to submit a full proposal, please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to the UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Call sent: December 21, 2020

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website.  CFR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact