Notice of Intent to Publish - COVID-19 testing in vulnerable and underserved populations

June 1, 2020

On Friday May 29, the NIH issued a Notice of Intent to Publish (NOITP) four Funding Opportunity Announcements as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, a $500 million initiative to reduce COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality disparities for vulnerable and underserved populations that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The NOITP is here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-112.html.

The FOAs, in which NIAID will be participating, will include three Notices of Special Interest to solicit community-engaged research to understand COVID-19 disparities and increase access to and effectiveness of diagnostic testing interventions among underserved and vulnerable populations and to understand the social, ethical, and behavioral implications of testing in these populations. An RFA to support a Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) will also be announced.

In particular, CFAR investigators may be interested in the following NOSI:

To solicit emergency competitive revision applications to existing awards for large consortia, multi-site trials, centers and other current networks that have adequate capacity, infrastructure, and established community-engaged relationships to support large-scale testing interventions or have the capacity to ramp up quickly to reach underserved or vulnerable populations.

The FOAs are expected to be published in early June. Applications will be accepted through August 2020 for FY20 funding.