NSF issues Dear Colleague Letter on COVID-19

NSF released a Dear Colleague Letter, NSF 20-052, regarding the NSF RAPID and COVID-19. If your research meets the requirements for the RAPID, please remember that you must contact an NSF Program Officer within your directorate prior to your submission.

Proper protocol is to first email the identified Program Officer. We recommend that your email present your developed idea in a short project summary. The email must clearly show the immediate impact on how to model and understand the spread of COVID-19. NSF uses the RAPID program to address areas of severe urgency related to the availability of or access to data, facilities, or specialized equpment. The RAPID is generally for research responsive to natural or anthropogenic disasters and unanticipated events. The budget is capped at $200,000 and funds are available for one year.

If you would like help developing your idea/project summary, please contact either your home Research Development/Advancement team or the Global Futures Laboratory Research Development Office.

Companion materials related to this Dear Colleague Letter can be found on the NSF’s website. This includes FAQs for proposers and awardees regarding proposal submission, award management and other NSF activities that may be impacted by COVID-19.

For the most current information on the virus and the university’s response, visit the university’s information center at coronavirus.asu.edu.