The RADx-UP CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program

RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC)

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Next deadline: Aug 26, 2022 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Sep 16, 2022 (Full proposal), Dec 23, 2022 (Letter of inquiry), Jan 13, 2023 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Medical Technology & Devices Infectious & Parasitic Diseases Emerging Technology Development

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all


NOTE:  Submitting a letter of intent is not required, but is encouraged so that we can plan for the number of anticipated submissions.

The RADx-UP CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program

Duke University in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is serving as the Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics- Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program. The goal of the program is to improve access to and uptake of diagnostic COVID-19 testing in communities of underserved and vulnerable populations. The purpose of the overall program is to better understand factors that have led to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on these groups, and develop interventions to reduce those disparities. The RADx-UP program has multiple components, which are summarized here.

For the purpose of this RFA, populations that are underserved as well as populations that are COVID-19 vulnerable due to medical, geographic, and social factors, are defined below:

  • Underserved: NIH-designated health disparity populations known to experience barriers to accessing health coverage and basic health care services as well as disparities from COVID-19. A full description can be found here.
  • COVID-19 medically and/or socially vulnerable populations: Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities; community-dwelling older adults; individuals with intellectual, developmental, sensory, or physical disabilities, cognitive impairment or dementia, or communication disorders; homeless populations; individuals involved with the criminal or juvenile justice systems (incarcerated or under community supervision); individuals with medical comorbidities known to increase risk of severe COVID-19, including heart failure and related cardiovascular conditions, diabetes mellitus, chronic lung disease, moderate or severe obesity, HIV/AIDS; pregnant and post-partum women; children and adolescents; individuals living in congregate housing such as shelters or residential treatment facilities; individuals in overcrowded or public housing; individuals with substance use disorders or serious mental illness; migrant and immigrant communities; residents of tribal lands or reservations; communities exposed to high rates of air pollution or other toxic exposures; and rural and remote communities.

The CDCC is pleased to solicit applications for its Rapid Research Pilot Program. This RFA describes the first solicitation of the CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program. This pilot program provides an expedited funding mechanism (CDCC subawards) to evaluate the feasibility of implementing emerging COVID-19 testing technologies in underserved communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program seeks an applicant pool that draws from the rich diversity of communities, populations, and groups in the U.S including the U.S. territories, tribal nations or organizations (American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders).
  • Eligible organizations are
    • institutions of higher education
    • industry
    • state and local governments
    • community-based organizations that have the infrastructure to manage such funding.
  • Applications with multiple PIs (“co-PIs”) must identify one PI as the main contact PI, with primary responsibility for the administrative aspects of the pilot subaward.


  • Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions, and other minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply.
  • We are particularly interested in receiving proposals developed jointly with community-based organizations and encourage partnerships across these different types of organizations to form interdisciplinary teams, including public-private partnerships.

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This page was last reviewed June 27, 2022 and last updated November 08, 2021