Deadline: 30 March 2020
The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) has launched a call for applications for Urgent Response to COVID-19 to support project ideas that propose immediate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Project ideas must focus on prevention, risk reduction, or the development of the infrastructure required to minimize the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. This opportunity is open to community-led or MCWled applications in Wisconsin that can carry out efforts in up to 6 months.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), widespread transmission of COVID-19 is likely to occur via community spread. The CDC expects that most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus in the coming months.
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A key consideration of the call for applications is immediate action. The urgent nature of the COVID-19 virus requires immediate action and response to promote prevention, risk reduction, and the development of the infrastructure required to minimize the transmission and impact of the virus.
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- Community-Led Projects
- Community-Led Projects Community-led collaborations must designate one primary community partner organization and one individual from that organization to serve as the primary contact for the award. The primary contact must contribute effort to the project for the full award period. As necessary, applications should also include additional community and/or MCW collaborators, and each project should clearly identify and include the necessary experience, influence, and expertise to comprehensively address the proposed objectives. To expedite project execution in response to the urgent nature of COVID-19, an MCW academic partner may be appointed to selected projects. The primary community partner organization shares responsibility for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the project and project budget and shares the responsibility with the MCW academic partner for transferring all communications, notifications, and instructions from AHW to all members of the project team.
- Eligible community organizations must be Wisconsin-based, nonprofit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)3 or government organizations including, but not limited to:
- Health, social service, and other community-based organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- State and local governments
- Scientific or professional associations, universities, and schools
- Voluntary associations, foundations, civic and citizen groups
- Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, tribes, and tribal organizations
- MCW School of Medicine Principal Investigator (MCW PI) – Led Projects
- MCW-led collaborations must designate an eligible MCW PI who is solely responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the project, project budget, and for transferring all communications, notifications, and instructions from AHW to all members of the project team.
- Eligible MCW PIs are required to contribute effort to the project for the full award period and must be full-time or full-professional effort status MCW faculty members with a primary appointment in the MCW School of Medicine. Additional MCW School of Medicine academic partners may be involved as Co-Investigators or collaborators in a range of activities dependent on the project design and project team structure and may include other faculty, staff, and students from multiple MCW departments. Additional collaborators may also participate from the community or other academic institutions. While additional collaborators are not required, they are highly encouraged in order to bring the necessary experience, influence, and expertise to successfully carry out the project.
- Successful applications will provide a clear and compelling plan for how lives will be immediately impacted, and health promoted in project efforts related to COVID-19.
- Examples of eligible projects include:
- Training for community health workers to provide education on COVID-19 infection prevention tactics
- Development of infrastructure to distribute COVID-19 testing resources
- Scaling of effective COVID-19 prevention and risk reduction efforts across the state
- Expansion of translation and dissemination efforts around COVID-19 information to the public (not to include out-of-state travel or large group convenings)
- Examples of ineligible projects include:
- Basic science research into COVID-19 disease mechanisms
- Using funds solely to purchase personal protective equipment or COVID-19 test kits
- Efforts to offset economic losses experienced by companies or organizations
- General emergency response planning.
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Up to $5 million total is available to support multiple meritorious projects requesting budgets appropriately justified to carry out the proposed work.
Funds may not be used for:
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- Projects conducted outside of Wisconsin
- Travel outside of Wisconsin
- Large group convenings
- Indirect costs such as ongoing operating expenses of an organization’s routine functions and principal programs
- Debt reduction
- Entertainment or alcoholic beverages
- Reimbursement solely for patient care or clinical service delivery
- Publishing fees to benefit education or research in general
- Applications will be accepted from either a primary community partner or an MCW School of Medicine Principal Investigator (MCW PI).
- AHW encourages collaboration with partners who have the necessary experience, influence, and expertise to effectively carry out the proposed project.
- Eligible applicants may be Wisconsin-based, IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 or government organizations and/or eligible Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine Principal Investigator(s) supporting COVID-19 response efforts.
- Applications must focus on efforts to support prevention, risk reduction, or minimizing virus transmission. Successful applications will provide a clear plan for how lives will be immediately impacted and health promoted in project efforts related to COVID-19.
For more information, visit https://ahwendowment.org/AHW/Funding-Center/Award-Opportunities/Urgent-Response-to-COVID-19.htm
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