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Coronavirus Resources, Challenges and Funding Opportunities

Updated: 2 days ago

We are quite many working from home, with low work activity or none, and with the great intention to act and contribute to fighting the crisis of the Coronavirus outbreak. You were many to ask what are the available resources and opportunities.

It is quite impressive to see the reactivity of our world today, so many initiatives have been created so quickly.

We have compiled in this article a list of different opportunities. We are keeping the list updated.


DevTalk - Online series check here

COVID-19 outbreak in the developing world

March 31 - 18:00 - 20:00

Join here

Past events:

Boma to Host Online Global Summit on COVID-19


Beginning on Monday, March 23, the Boma COVID-19 Summit will take place in 10 countries on 5 continents — and bring together a wide range of health experts, policymakers and business leaders for more than 20 hours of debate and discussion related to the virus. The summit will take place 100% online. Register now here!

Pitango Webinar - Navigating the Medical & Public Health Aspects of COVID -19.

Join Dr. Guy Ezekiel, Managing Partner at Pitango Health, in conversation with global Coronavirus experts: Susan Weiss, PhD. University of Pennsylvania, microbiologist & virologist; Coronavirus expert and Eyal Zimlichman, MD, Sheba Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer & CIO, leader in addressing COVID-19 in Israel. Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 4pm IST / 10am EST RSVP

How will COVID-19 impact crisis zones?

The New Humanitarian Online. Register here!

Mar 19, 2020 02:00 PM in Zurich

Webinar with WHO: Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak in the African Continent. Check out the summary of the talk here.

The Epidemiology and Economics of Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM EEST

This virtual conference event will seek to examine the implications of COVID-19 for public health and the SDGs, as well as make recommendations on science-based responses.

Sustainable Development Solution Network

Register here!

Challenges and funding:

  1. MIT Solve - Health Security and epidemics challenge at MIT. While scientists and drug developers are rushing to develop vaccines and treatments, there are a lot of existing tech solutions that address other critical aspects of health security—and we want to highlight these innovations and help them scale. This will complement the four Global Challenges that Solve launched on February 25 with over $1 million in funding. Apply before June 18th. Check out here!

  2. Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings. This Call focuses on identified priorities related to the current COVID-19 outbreak in humanitarian settings in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Proposals will be eligible for research that targets: Refugees or IDPs in camps or urban humanitarian settings, or conflict-affected people in humanitarian settings in LMICs Health systems and health care workers supporting the COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings in LMICs. More info here!

  3. Marico Innovation Foundation is calling upon medtech entrepreneurs, corporates and innovators who can solve the med-tech challenges faced in the on-going COVID-19 crisis. Looking for Ventilator and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) solutions. Join in this audacious endeavour.here

  4. Action against Corona - Are you representing a startup, a project or an initiative that can improve the situation? For the sick, for the health care system, or for the billions of people whose lives are - or soon will be - affected around the world? The Norrsken Foundation is looking to accelerate solution to fight the coronavirus and its implications. It can provide grants or investments, and connect you with the right partners. They can highlight and raise awareness of your important work. Want to increase the likelihood of your success, and mitigate the damage caused by this global crisis. Check the opportunities here.

  5. Openideo - COVID-19 COMMUNICATION INSPIRATION CHALLENGE. How might we rapidly inform and empower communities around the world to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak? Apply before 11:30pm PST on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. More information here

  6. VC4A - Funding and Design Support for COVID-19 Projects: In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and its related consequences in other sectors of various economies across the globe, CcHUB is looking to fund and provide research and design support, via their Design Lab, for COVID-19 related projects. Apply before April 9th here!

  7. COVID 19 Solution Challenge from the Indian Government: "In order to involve the community in the fight against the Virus, we would want you to share your solutions to help fight #Coronavirus. Submitted solutions will be evaluated for adoption and those selected will be suitable rewarded." Apply here

  8. Israel Innovation Authority - Call for Proposals for Projects in the Development, Piloting and Demonstration stages to cope with the Coronavirus. The Israel Innovation Authority, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Headquarters for the National Digital Israel Initiative are issuing a Call for Proposals to Israeli technology companies (that are not one of Israel's health organizations) to submit R&D plans for systems, products, or technological solutions, including projects in the development, piloting and demonstration stages (as well as semi-commercial installation and implementation. and large-scale deployment in heath organizations) designed to deal with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Check out more and apply before March 26 here.

  9. Another call for proposal from the Israel Innovation Authority: Call for Proposals for R&D plans of projects in the Early (Ideation) Stages - to help with the challenges of the Coronavirus - More info and apply before March 26th here.

  10. Gates Foundation - COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. The Gates fou,ndation is joining forces with Wellcome and Mastercard to beef up the response—backed by $125 million in both new funding and money already earmarked to tackle this epidemic. The money will be used to identify potential treatments for COVID-19, accelerate their development, and prepare for the manufacture of millions of doses for use worldwide. Read more here.

  11. HealthIL - CounterCorona: HealthIL, the leading Digital Health ecosystem in Israel, is dedicated all of our efforts to help combat COVID-19 ("Corona Virus") by bridging the gap between the unique needs of health organisations dealing with this outbreak, and technological companies and startups that can potentially offer solutions – on a global scale. Submit your solution here!

  12. New fund for COVID-19. Here's what you need to know!

  13. COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fundraiser for WHO with $10 Million Match. Donate here!

  14. Frontier Tech 4 COVID Action: emerging market ventilation systems: They are looking for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and use in the UK through UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub, and will receive a licensing fee. Check out here!

Past challenges:

Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring or other aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak to apply urgently to the next round of funding from the European Innovation Council. More info and apply here!


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The potential danger of coronavirus is severe in communities that lack the infrastructure to control and contain it. Moreover, remote and rural communities in developing countries are not always connected to electricity or the Internet, which cuts them off from updated and relevant information.

Urgently, we must find a way to effectively transmit important disease prevention messages and stop transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible.


Ygal Arnon & Runway - #COVID19 VIRTUAL HACKATHON!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 24,2020 at 23:59 IST.

Application is OPEN to anyone working on ANY Coronavirus solution (technological, medical, policy related, etc) at any stage (from ideation to full-working project).

Details and registration here

Hackathon HackCorona -Online! This event is a unique cooperation between the Birthright Israel Excel, Science Abroad organisation, and 8200 alumni.. Register here!

Articles of interest/ Platforms

- Swift action can help developing countries limit economic harm of coronavirus: World Bank Blog article here

- Coronavirus is coming for the world's poor. Here are six ways to help - World Economic Forum here

- World Economic Forum COVID-19 Action platform

- Free COVID-19 Social Impact Assessment

Socialsuite is donating its impact monitoring technology to your organization for the purpose of monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on your people.

- Coronavirus: WFP ready to rise to the challenge here

- When coronavirus came to Tanzania - The New Humanitarian here

- How Will COVID-19 Affect Women and Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries?Here

- COVID-19 Pandemic, UNDP here

- National relief Platform here

- Follow the cases in real time here!

- Coronavirus Innovation Map here

Feel free to contact us for more information, assistance or any relevant matters. Yarden@pearsprogram.com, hagit@pearsprogram.com

Stay Healthy everyone!

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