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New research fund at U Virginia to support research into COVID-19 solutions


By David Schwartz
Published: May 12th, 2020

A new fund has been set up at the University of Virginia to support efforts to develop solutions to challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Announced last week, the Manning Fund for COVID-19 Research was made possible by a $1 million commitment from Paul Manning, a local businessman, investor, and longtime supporter of UVA and its research initiatives.

“The Manning Fund for COVID-19 Research is entrepreneurial, agile, and will have an immediate impact,” said UVA President Jim Ryan. “The generosity of the Manning family is perfectly timed, and it’s going to help us help others get past this crisis.” According to the school, the new fund will serve as a catalyst for research on testing, therapies, vaccines and even strategies to safely reopen society.

“The intent of this fund is to support practically oriented research on COVID-19 related topics that can be acted upon quickly or have commercialization potential,” said Melur K. Ramasubramanian, UVA’s vice president for research. “This is exactly the type of support that will elicit a rapid response from the University of Virginia’s talent pool of researchers.”

The fund will award one-year grants of up to $100,000 per project to successful applications for research directly related to the virus. While the focus will be specific to research priorities, there will also be opportunities for faculty to examine other needs, such as K-12 education recovery, workforce adaptation, economic resurgence, and public policy.

“UVA researchers are already working on some of the most important issues of our day,” said Manning. “I hope this fund promotes bold, innovative research applications with a frontline impact that can help mitigate the virus and its broader effects on our world.”

Source: CBS19 News

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