Open Call – Wellcome Leap – R3 RNA Readiness and Response

Jul 27, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from Wellcome Leap.  Please follow the links below for more information.

Deadline: August 13, 2021
Funder: Wellcome Leap and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Opportunity: R3 RNA Readiness and Response – distributed, multi-product, RNA-based manufacturing capabilities 
UCSC Contact:


R3 seeks to establish RNA as a versatile, deployable, standardized, multi-product platform technology

The R3 program has two goals: one, to increase the number of biologic products that can be designed, developed, and produced every year, reducing their costs and increasing equitable access; and two, to create a self-sustaining network of manufacturing facilities providing globally distributed, state-of-the-art surge capacity to meet future pandemic needs.

        • Thrust Area 1: Establish the RNA ‘Living’ Biofoundry
        • Thrust Area 2: Increasing the diversity, number, and pace of biologics development
        • Thrust Area 3: Sustainable production under steady-state, non-emergency conditions

Please read the program announcement to better understand the program goals and for the description of the Thrust Areas.

Funding Level

    • Award amounts will be dependent on specific proposals and work selected for funding.
    • Full direct and government-certified indirect costs appropriate to the execution of the research are eligible.


Performers from universities and research institutions: small, medium and large companies (including venture-backed); and government or non-profit research organizations are invited to propose.


August 13, 2021: Abstracts submitted that address one or more Thrust Areas of the program.
August 27, 2021: Abstract feedback
September 27, 2021: If invited, full proposal due
October 27, 2021: Proposal decision

Special Instructions

For support developing your Abstract, please contact the Research Development Specialist (RDS) assigned to your unit or send a request to If invited to submit a full proposal, please submit a proposal intake form prior to UCSC’s internal Institutional Deadlines. Your RDS can also help you develop your proposal.

Call sent: July 22, 2021

The Office of Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The FR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. FR 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 FR website.  FR Calls for Funding

If you have any questions or comments, please contact