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Half-Million Dollars To Seed COVID-19 Research at Stony Brook


FaceshieldSTONY BROOK, NY, March 30, 2020 — The Stony Brook University Office of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine at Stony Brook announced that a half-million dollar COVID-19 Seed Grant Program has been established to provide support to researchers and clinicians at Stony Brook who are responding rapidly and creatively to the critical needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. These issues are broad, including the urgent health care challenges posed by the pandemic as well as the related psychosocial, behavioral, and economic impacts.

Stony Brook researchers have already developed  iCREATE printing 3D face masks and many gallons of hand sanitizer has been created by the Department of Chemistry. There are more engineering solutions to be explored in order to address the COVID-19 health challenge.

“We’re seeing an unprecedented need for researchers across the country to provide innovative solutions to combat COVID-19,” said Dr. Richard J. Reeder, Vice President for Research. “We want to do everything possible to support our outstanding researchers, to jump start research that will serve the urgent health care needs of our community.”

The application process for this special COVID-19 seed grant program is designed to be straightforward with a quick turnaround. The deadline is April 10, 2020. Current full-time, tenured or tenure track faculty at Stony Brook are eligible with exceptions for full-time non-tenure track faculty, who will be considered.

“Now more than ever, the intersection of medical research, computing, and engineering has the ability to impact the greater good,” said Dr. Joel Saltz, Cherith Foundation Chair of Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Institute for Engineering-Driven Medicine. “This COVID-19 Seed Grant Program will unite our diverse research communities to develop engineering-driven medical solutions that could change the trajectory of COVID 19 response.”

The Office of Proposal Development is available to provide support researchers submitting COVID-19 funding applications. A list of internal and external COVID-19 funding opportunities can be found here. Questions should be directed to the Office of Proposal Development at

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Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku).


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