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Responding to COVID-19

The U.S. National Science Foundation's investments have played a crucial role in the world's response to the COVID-19 pandemic — from the foundational research behind critical diagnostic tools and medical devices to new approaches that support the well-being of individuals, businesses and communities.

NSF support for COVID-19 research

Rapid-response COVID-19 funding

NSF awarded its first rapid-response grants for coronavirus research in the early months of the pandemic, starting in April of 2020.

Leveraging decades of investments in science and engineering

Explore how NSF's foundational investments in research, from 3D printing to genetics to the biology of viruses, made a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

Harnessing computing power to fight COVID-19

Explore how NSF-supported advanced computing systems across the U.S. were used in the response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 funding reports

"American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" funding

The $600 million appropriated to NSF through this act sustained the U.S. research community and contributed to the advancement of fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These investments supported research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to colleges, universities and institutions across the country. Read the funding reports below:

"Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" funding

NSF mobilized funding from this act, as well as NSF's regular appropriations, to help the country respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the funding reports below: