Research Funding

Welcome to the LA CaTS Center COVID-19 Research Resources page! We hope this resource can provide our community with information on funding and educational opportunities available on COVID-19, as well as publications related to COVID-19 from Louisiana researchers.

For COVID-19 Related Events and Webinars, please visit our Calendar of Events page.

To add a COVID-19 related opportunity or report a correction, email us at

I. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Opportunities

The LA CaTS Center is pleased to serve as information hub of COVID-19 funding and research opportunities announced by various funding agencies (i.e. NIH, agencies, etc.). If you are an investigator at one of our member institutions, you are eligible to receive assistance from LA CaTS Center Cores and Resources on grant applications. To view available services and to request a consultation online, visit the LA CaTS Center’s service website SPARC today!

To add a COVID-19 related opportunity or report a correction, email us at

National Institutes of Health

NIH Website for COVID Funding Opportunities, Information for Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding:
NIH Website for Active Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19:
RADx-UP CDCC Community Collaboration Mini-Grant Program & Rapid Research Pilot Program

Federal Communications Commission

no current opportunities

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Funding Announcements Webpage: :

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

BARDA Contract announcement for diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, immunomodulators, etc.:


no current opportunities

Department of Defense

no current opportunities

National Science Foundation

NSF General funding announcements using RAPID Response funding mechanism for COVID: Digital Transformation Institute

no current opportunities

II. Louisiana COVID-19 Publication Resource (LA CPR)

The LA CaTS Center is proud of our scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers from around the state are working on the front lines and conducting research to inform testing and surveillance, health impacts and treatment. As a resource to all scientists, clinicians and citizens we are collating the COVID19-related research publications in one central location. The inventory will be updated every two weeks. Requests for the hardcopy of the publication can be directed to the PBRC Library & Information Center.

Access to the database is easy and free. Click the link HERE, and download a local copy of the spreadsheet to sort the publication information as needed.”

III. COVID-19 Community Activities

The LA CaTS Center is pleased to serve as an information hub of COVID-19 community activities and updates announced by various community organizations in conjunction with the LA CaTS Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR) Core and the Community Advisory Boards (CABs).

Click HERE to view the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Activities Webpage.

Best Practices around COVID-19 Research

I. For Investigators & Potential Research Partners

An overview of who Community Health Workers and other lay communicators are, what they do, and how they are of great benefit to encourage the use of CHWs in COVID-19 research. Click HERE.

II. For Community Members & Stakeholders

An overview of what research is, why to participate in research, and its benefits particularly in addressing COVID-19. Click HERE.

IV. Louisiana COVID-19 Seminar Series

Starting October 2020, the LA CaTS Center will host a virtual reoccurring COVID-19 Seminar Series featuring scientist and clinicians showcasing the work being done right here in Louisiana in the battle of COVID-19. Topics and speakers for each seminar are announced to the LA CaTS email list, Calendar of Events page and Twitter as they are finalized.

Seminars are recorded and posted on the LA CaTS You Tube page.

LA CaTS COVID Seminar Series - 2020 Schedule




YouTube Link


Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, LSUHSC-New Orleans

John Schieffelin, MD, Tulane

Joshua Denson, MD, Tulane

COVID19-related Research Opportunities within LA CaTS

Sero-epidemiolgical Studies of SARS-CoV-2 in Louisiana

Severe COVID-19: Patient Outcomes and Risk Factors


Amy Feehan, PhD, Ochsner Health

Tony Hu, PhD, Tulane

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Symptom Presentation in Louisiana

Sensitive Tracking of Viral RNA through SARS-CoV-2 Infection Stages


Nakhle Saba, MD, Tulane

Alex Niu, MD, Tulane

Moayed Ibrahim, MD, MD, Tulane

Role of convalescent plasma in treating COVID-19

High False Negative Rate and High Mortality: COVID-19 Infection in Patients With Hematological Malignancies

Oxygen Needs and Hospital Stay Reduction in 16 Covid-19 Patients, Including Those with Hematological Malignancy, After Convalescent Plasma


Frank Greenway, MD, Pennington Biomedical

Emily Flanagan, PhD, Pennington Biomedical

The Potential of Pyruvate to Inhibit the NRLP3 Inflammasome and Cytokine Storm in COVID-19

The Impact of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders on Health Behaviors in Adults


Community Panel (Hosted by Community Engagement & Outreach Resource)

Community Engagement and Research Addressing COVID-19


Jay Kolls, PhD, Tulane

Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD, Tulane

Targeting ACE2 for treatment and prevention of COVID-19

ClinSeqSer- An Observational Study of COVID-19 Outcomes in New Orleans 2020


Jay Kolls, PhD, Tulane

Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD, Tulane

Targeting ACE2 for treatment and prevention of COVID-19

ClinSeqSer- An Observational Study of COVID-19 Outcomes in New Orleans 2020


Jay Kolls, PhD, Tulane

Dahlene Fusco, MD, PhD, Tulane

Targeting ACE2 for treatment and prevention of COVID-19

ClinSeqSer- An Observational Study of COVID-19 Outcomes in New Orleans 2020

LA CaTS COVID Seminar Series - 2021 Schedule




YouTube Link


Paul Fidel, Jr., PhD, LSU Dental

David Welsh, MD, LSUHC-NO

MMR live attenuated vaccine concept to reduce COVID-associated sepsis

Environmental SARS-CoV-2 during Pandemic-related Health System Stress


Lucio Miele, MD, PhD, LSUHSC-NO

Stephania Cormier, PhD, Pennington Biomedical

Pragmatic approach to screening

Cytokines to Predict COVID 19 Disease Severity


Christine Bojanowski, MD, Tulane

Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, Tulane

Active COVID-19 Trials

Sex disparities in COVID-19


Patty Kissinger, PhD

Research in the Time of COVID: Building the Plane as You are Flying IT


Chelsea Kracht, PhD, Pennington Biomedical 

Elizabeth Norton, PhD, Tulane

Household Chaos, Routines, and Family Movement Behaviors during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Cellular immune response to SARS-CoV-2


Terry Davis, PhD, LSU Health-Shreveport

Depression, Anxiety & Substance Use in Age of COVID


Suzanne Tinsley, PhD, PT, LSUH-S

Post-COVID-Related Rehabilitation: The LSUHS Experience


Katy Gwizdala, PhD, Pennington Biomedical

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Research Participation Among Older African Americans


John Vanchiere, MD, PhD, LSUHSC-S

Michael Hagensee, PhD, LSUH-NO

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination in Schools: What can we expect for 2021-22? 

The Antibody Response to SARS-COV-2 and the COVID-19 Vaccines

V. Louisiana COVID-19 Clinical Trial Database

The LA CaTS Center houses a Louisiana COVID-19 Clinical Trial Database, a resource hub of COVID-19 clinical trials occurring in Louisiana. This includes trials in academic, research and health care centers throughout the state. The data is collated from multiple sources including IRBs,, investigators, etc. and includes investigator initiated to pharmaceutical to NIH trials.

Click Louisiana COVID-19 Clinical Trial Database to access now.

Questions, corrections or to add a trial to our database, email

VI. National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)

N3C is building a centralized national data resource — the NCATS N3C Data Enclave — that the research community can use to study COVID-19 and identify potential treatments as the pandemic continues to evolve. Specifically, the N3C will enable the rapid collection and analysis of clinical, laboratory and diagnostic data from hospitals and health care plans. If successful, this approach will be applicable to other research questions and may serve as a model for addressing future public health emergencies.

Click the N3C Flyer for further details

Questions and more information on how to access N3C, contact the LA CaTS Biomedical Informatics Core at