Covid-19 Research Funding

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COVID-19 Research Fund

Requirements Guide

The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) have partnered to offer a new funding program to address public health challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This fund will support research efforts to develop, test, and implement new, emerging methods of detecting and/or combatting COVID-19; and assessing its effects on people, communities, and the economy. Diverse research approaches are needed to study the health and social consequences of COVID-19. The intent of this funding is to provide support to pursue ideas related to COVID-19 in areas that are new to the researcher; or to pivot existing research with a new focus on COVID-19. The proposal should demonstrate the potential for knowledge transfer opportunities leading to positive socioeconomic impact.

Proposals will be evaluated via an internal  review committee (expert consultation will be available as needed), using the following criteria (full evaluation criteria attached):

  • Research demonstrated to be specific to combatting, detecting, and/or assessing the effects of COVID-19
  • Potential socioeconomic impact (direct or indirect)
  • Expertise and track record of the principal investigator and main collaborating investigators
  • Capacity to execute the project, including funding, infrastructure, and appropriate personnel available to support the project
  • Justification for the proposed budget
  • Plan for knowledge transfer and dissemination
The projected timeline, key milestones of the project, and a budget justifying the requested funds should be included in the application.
Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000.  Proposals for amounts as small as $2,000 will be accepted.  Matching funds are not required. Projects with budgets in excess of $50,000 are still eligible to apply and we would request applicants please list additional funding sources (requested or secured) and the corresponding amounts, for informational purposes only.
A researcher may submit more than one application. For information on the award administration and eligible expenses, please refer to the NBIF Research Award Administration Guidelines which also apply to funding from NBHRF for this program.

Applications open on April 1st, 2020 and will close on April 20th , 2020 at 5 pm.  Notices of decision will be sent by May 11th, 2020. The start of the project should be within 6 months of this decision date and projects may have a maximum duration of 1.5 years. Applications must be made via the NBIF application portal at:  click on Apply. If you do not have an NBIF account click on Register. 

Please note that total funding for each application will be disbursed by ONE of the partnering organizations, depending on the area/sector/nature of research identified in your proposal. Your research may fall within an area that aligns with both the NBIF and the NBHRF mandate; therefore, once the applications have been reviewed, successful proposals will be distributed between the two partnering organizations at our discretion. Applicants will receive a notice of decision from either NBIF or NBHRF.  Successful applicants will receive funding offer letters including terms and conditions.   

COVID-19 Funding Program
General criteria for proposal evaluation
April 2020
All criteria are to be scored on a scale of 0 to 10. Ten is the highest score a project can receive on a specific criterion.

Is the proposed project specific to COVID-19, demonstrating new or existing techniques to measure impacts, detect, and/or combat the disease:

  • The proposed research aligns with the Covid-19 research priorities laid out by the WHO and other federal funding agencies, such as CIHR. 

There is a potential socioeconomic impact (direct or indirect) on NB from this work, for example:

  • The work has the potential to contribute to the global response on Covid-19
  • The work addresses NB specific aspects of the disease or its impacts
  • This work may help New Brunswickers cope with the disease or its impacts
  • There are potential policy impacts from this work
  • This work may create a new commercial product
  • This work may help existing companies cope with Covid-19 or its impacts

The principal researcher and their collaborators have the capacity to execute the project.

  • Infrastructure
  • Equipment
  • Personnel (both directly in the PI’s team and the collaborators engaged)
  • Previous experience in the field is not a criterion for evaluation; however, it needs to be shown that the team can carry out the proposed work.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly put together all the necessary resources to begin or complete the proposed project in a timely manner, aligning with the global response to act quickly

The principal researcher has a strong plan for dissemination of the results

  • Appropriate partners in industry and/or government are engaged, or there is a plan to engage them at a later date.
  • Will the knowledge flow in two directions between the researchers and the partners/impacted groups, allowing for feedback and input?
  • There is a plan for knowledge dissemination outside of academia

The budget requested has been justified and the timeline for the work is feasible

  • The PI has explained why the requested budget is needed to carry out the work
  • There are milestones in place to complete the described work within 1.5 years

The proposal presents the necessary information so that it can be properly evaluated.

  • Is the proposal well structured and all the information is there so you can make a sound decision?