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Funding opportunities: COVID-19 testing for underserved populations

Spurring research on COVID-19 testing to both understand and close the disparity gap

NIA is excited to support the launch of Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, or RADx, to catalyze the scientific community to improve COVID-19 testing technologies, capacity, and accessibility. As one of the four RADx components, RADx-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) will establish a network of community-engaged projects to improve access to and acceptance of testing in underserved and vulnerable populations.

As part of the RADx-UP initiative, NIH has released four funding opportunities for research on COVID-19 testing among underserved and/or vulnerable populations to both understand and close the disparity gap. NIA has signed on to participate in all four of these initiatives. These funding opportunities include:

Applications for this first phase will be accepted through August 2020 for FY20 funding. A second phase will be staggered to provide flexibility and to allow for adaption to the ever-changing needs that may be present as this pandemic evolves.

Learn more about the NIA response to the coronavirus, including support for funded researchers and other COVID-19 funding opportunities.

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