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Virginia Tech COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund

 Rod LaFoy works on headbands for face shields with a Raise3D printer. Photo: Spencer Roberts for Virginia Tech.
Rod LaFoy works on headbands for face shields with a Raise3D printer. Photo: Spencer Roberts for Virginia Tech.

Updated June 25, 2020.

As researchers and scientists, we are compelled to address the most complex problems that plague our world. Today, that is COVID-19. We have an unprecedented opportunity to mobilize collective Virginia Tech expertise to provide rapid innovation of solutions at the interface of all disciplines that transcends traditional boundaries.

In collaboration with our institutes and colleges, Virginia Tech’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation established a COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund that seeks to provide support for Virginia Tech researchers. We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to utilize their expertise to identify problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic and seek partnerships with interdisciplinary researchers, industry, and federal agencies to create novel solutions needed now and in the future. Seed funds should be used to produce preliminary data for the many emerging competitive federal funding opportunities.

To support the Virginia Tech COVID-19 Rapid Response Seed Fund, visit Virginia Tech’s crowdfunding platform to learn more. Support will provide initial funding to faculty, staff, and students utilizing their expertise to investigate problems and help Hokie researchers advance the fight against COVID-19.

Nearly one hundred proposals were submitted for the May 6, 2020 deadline. Researchers were encouraged to submit proposals that reflected innovative, transdisciplinary, rapid-response research activities in addition to long-term studies.

The following nine projects were funded.  Read the full story, here.

  • Andrea Bertke, project titled “Neurological Impacts of SARS-CoV-2”
  • Tina Savla, project titled “Changes in Long-Term Care Services and Supports for Persons with Dementia During a Pandemic”
  • Shane Ross, project titled “Respiratory illness surveillance platform for epidemiological monitoring and forecasting”
  • Rosanna Breaux, project titled “Impact of COVID-19 in Adolescents with and without ADHD”
  • Xiaofeng Wang, project titled “Establishment of a reverse genetics system for investigating the replication, host range, antiviral screening, and live attenuated vaccine application for the Covid -19 virus, SARS-CoV-2”
  • Leigh-Anne Krometis, project titled “Best practices to support K-12 STEM remote learning in underserved communities”
  • Farrokh Jazizadeh, project titled “Assessment and Mitigation of COVID-19 Airborne Exposure Risk in Indoor Environments with Automated Building Systems”
  • Lijuan Yuan, project titled “Rapid development of poly-nano neutralizing antibodies against SARS-COV-2 for topical lung and intravenous delivery using gnotobiotic alpaca”
  • Christopher Williams, project titled “Rapid and Resilient Reusable Respirator Manufacturing”