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Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

New Openings!

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation publishes the list of openings and opportunities on its website.

NIH COVID-19 Response

NIH initiatives to fight COVID-19

In response to the rapid evolution of the pandemic, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have stood up programs to fund research in the relevant field, open to participation by foreign institutions and researchers. 

Since the beginning, NIH have been very flexible in organizing their response to the pandemic, offering opportunities to the scientific community to propose ideas to combat it: some innovative initiatives aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of diagnostic tests, therapies, vaccines and biomedical technologies have originated directly from the NIH, while others have been guided by the government. Among the former are ACTIV (Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines) and RADx (Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics). 

ACTIV is a public-private partnership to accelerate the process of the COVID-19 vaccine and possible therapies. The participants are NIH, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), 12+ pharmaceutical companies, the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the Health Department (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicine Agency (EMA). The initiative has a website and a dedicated portal (NIH-COVID-19) for the submission of research proposals.

RADx supports the development and commercialization of innovative technologies to significantly increase the US capacity to test for SARS-CoV-2. RADx leverages the resources and structure of the network Point of Care (POCTRN) of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). POCTRN connects researchers, clinitians, engineers, technical experts and entrepreneurs in a network to accelerate the technology development and promote the creation and commercialization of products. This initiative has a website, a FAQ page and an application page. Additionally, there are government initiatives to which NIH is a participant. The most relevant is Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a public-private partnership to facilitare development, production and distribution of measures against COVID-19. The participants are: HHS (CDC, FDA, NIH, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)), DoD, private companies and other federal agencies and the initiative is characterized by a highly competitive selection process.

Furthermore, NIH has been actively supporting research during the pandemic, publishing opportunities for COVID-19 related research open to both US and foreign investigators. Foreign researchers are encouraged to apply either independently or in collaboration with US researchers. Information is available, including updated guidelines, FAQs and opportunities for emergency grants. Foreign research institutions can apply to emergency call R01 and R21.

It is possible to register to receive notifications of NIH calls upon issuance here. Further information for NIH supported COVID-19 research opportunities is available from NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Expenditures and Results (RePORTER). Researchers can use NIH RePORTER and Matchmaker to identify colleagues who work on COVID-19 and verify their interest to collaborate. Also, a list of active COVID-19 research projects (NIH RePORTER) and of funded clinical trials ( are available. NIH is utilizing the existing research platforms to respond to the SARS-COV2 pandemic, thus allowing the use of active and funded clinical research networks, independently of the original focus of the desease, to rapidly study the efficacy of the medical countermeasures during a public health emergency. Finally, the existing clinical experimentation networks can be utilized to do large scale trials when medical countermeasures are identifies for a rapid evaluation.

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