Continuation Award Program

The Continuation Award Program will provide continued support to COVID-19 related projects that have already received pilot funds and that have made sufficient progress to initiate a second phase of research. Applicants are eligible for continuation awards if they have received any non-Federal support for COVID-19 specific research. State pilot awardees are eligible.

Continuation Awards will be reviewed on research progress to date and significance of the original research question/area and the overall competitiveness for external funding.

All applicants for the continuation awards mechanism will be asked to report on use of funds to date. Applicants will also be asked to indicate if they have applied for any of the numerous rapid funding mechanisms related to SARS-CoV-2 and the outcome/status of those applications. Any potential overlaps in pending funding should be addressed.

Amount of award: Up to $50,000 for 12 months.

Eligibility: RSOM faculty all ranks.

How to Apply

Solicitation and Review Process

Phase 1: Applicants submit no more than a 2-page abstract outlining the proposed work that includes a one paragraph budget justification. All application should include copies of the PI(s) NIH style biosketch. All continuation award requests should include a statement on progress to date and original funding source and expenditures. For continuation awards, a copy of the original funded application should be included along with any review feedback. A Review Committee composed of selected experts representing each category will evaluate, score, and discuss all preliminary applications.

>>Click here to access the Abstract Submission Form for Phase 1<<

Phase 2: A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit for a full continuation proposal and to present the Continuation request to the Review Committee.

Phase 3: Funding recommendations will be submitted for final approval.


  • October 1, 2020 – Initial abstracts must be received. Please note that the online submission system will reject proposals submitted after 5:00 p.m.
  • October 15, 2020 – Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit full proposals.