05/01/20 | 7 p.m. | Updates from extramural sponsors, Office of Sponsored Programs

For this week’s COVID-19 sponsored programs update, we have the following four (4) topics:

  • CPRIT COVID-19 Special Reporting Requirements
  • Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package, P.L. 116-139
  • NIH’s NIAID COVID-19 research priorities
  • COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

CPRIT COVID-19 Special Reporting Requirements

For those investigators with active CPRIT grants, OSP will be requesting your assistance when preparing the March-May 2020 financial report.  For this report, special documentation will be required in connection with salary paid to an employee or trainee who was not working or was working at a reduced effort because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  OSP will be emailing separate correspondence to CPRIT investigators and their respective administrators in order to collect this information.  In addition, for those CPRIT investigators that canceled travel or registration fees due to canceled conferences, OSP will be working with you to report such expenditures in accordance with CPRIT requirements.  Please be aware that all required COVID-19 reporting to CPRIT will be performed by OSP.

Fourth COVID-19 Relief Pack (P.L. 116-139) to provide additional funding

This recently passed law will provide funding to be used “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus for necessary expenses to reimburse through grants or other mechanisms.”  For this law, funding is being provided to the NIH, CDC and HRSA, as follows:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive $1.806B

  • $306M for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop, validate, improve, and implement serological testing and associated technologies for COVID-19
  • $500M for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) for research, development, and implementation of point-of-care and another rapid testing for COVID-19
  • $1B for the NIH Office of the Director, broadly to support the agency’s research and development efforts regarding COVID-19 testing

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

$1B for CDC for surveillance, epidemiology, and laboratory capacity expansion; contact tracing; data systems modernization; outreach; and workforce support to expand and improve COVID-19 testing.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

$600M for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for grants under the Health Centers program, covering a broader range of facilities than was previously eligible.

OSP will monitor and distribute funding opportunity announcements associated with this COVID-19 relief package to our faculty across campus.

NIH’s NIAID COVID-19 Research Priorities

The CARES Act provided $706M to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for research and related activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  These funds are available through September 30, 2024.  The accompanying press release and information regarding the NIAID’s research priorities may be found here.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities (New and Supplemental Funds Available)

OSP continues monitoring and updating its list of available funding opportunities related to COVID-19, available at http://research.uthscsa.edu/osp/forms/covid19.xlsx.  Since last week, we have added 7 new COVID-19 funding opportunities. The total number of funding opportunities that have been included to date now totals 77.  This week, Dean Robert Hromas sent an email to the Long School of Medicine faculty requesting submission of as many proposals as possible for the June 5th NIH R01 deadline.  In his email, he likewise requested faculty to utilize the OSP COVID-19 funding opportunities spreadsheet.  As such, OSP is hopeful that you will utilize this resource to the fullest extent possible when searching for potential funding in your particular field.

Lastly, please let me know if you have any suggestions for COVID-19 related topics pertaining to sponsored programs that you would like to see included in an upcoming OSP COVID-19 weekly update.

Thank you,


Chris G. Green, CPA
Senior Director
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

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