Updated March 23, 2020

Dear University of Arizona Researchers,

The Office of Research Innovation and Impact (RII) has formed a COVID-19 Research Coordination Group (RCG) interested in pursuing research initiatives on coronavirus and/or assisting with state and local community efforts to prevent, contain, and/or surveil COVID-19. This initiative is being spearheaded by Dr. Jeff Burgess, Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. If you are interested in joining this working group, please email Bekah Coşkun, DrPH, ( as follows:

Subject: COVID-19 Working Group- Expression of Interest

Short description of yourself (no more than 3-5 sentences) including,

  • Name, credentials, affiliations, and expertise
  • Bullets of potential projects or areas of interest
  • YES/NO to the following: Permission to share my Bio and information to the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona county health departments (e.g., Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa) for consideration to assist with their efforts.
  • UArizona leadership would like to promote the activities of its researchers working on the COVID-19 initiative. Please give us a 1 to 2-line description of your current COVID-19 research and/or response understandable to a lay audience. It will be used for dissemination to internal and external communications (e.g., UArizona leadership, state relations, news media, and assisting internal collaborations). The 1 to 2-line descriptions should be emailed to Bekah Coşkun, DrPH, (

For proposal development support related to COVID-19 initiatives (e.g., technical editing or the proposal narrative/white paper), please contact, Jessica Moon, PhD at


Here is the list of current funding opportunities:

H.R. 6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 

NSF Research on COVID-19

NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI)

NIH Partnerships for Countermeasures against Select Pathogens

NIH Collaborative Cross (CC) Mouse Model Generation and Discovery of Immunoregulatory Mechanisms

CDC Broad Agency Announcement: Applied Research to Address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emerging Public Health Emergency

Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority (BARDA) Broad Agency Announcement