NCATS COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities

May 6, 2020

NCATS recently released TWO Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) soliciting applications for administrative supplements to the CTSA UL1 (within the scope) and limited competitive supplements to the CTSA UL1 (expand the scope) to current NCATS CTSA UL1, U01, or R21 collaborative grant recipients.  The Notices provide the special interest, areas of focus, and the FOA mechanism through which the applications are submitted, as well as the applicable due dates.

Links to details for each the NOSIs are listed below.   

1. NOT-TR-20-011:

NCATS is soliciting applications for Administrative Supplements to UL1, U01, and R21 awards (through PA-18-591), Collaborative Innovation Awards to U01 and R21 awards (through PAR-19-099 and PAR-19-100, respectively), and Competitive Revisions for UL1 awards for each of the non-administrative supplement awards (through PAR-19-337).

2. NOT-TR-20-028 (expires 11/11/20):

NCATS is issuing this NOSI to highlight the urgent need for projects that address the COVID-19 public health need. The CTSA Program is uniquely qualified to contribute to these efforts. NCATS is soliciting applications for Administrative Supplements (through PA-18-591) and Emergency Competitive Revisions (through PA-20-135) from current Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) UL1 and U24 award recipients.

Administrative Supplements or Competitive revisions to the CTSA UL1 grant

An internal application review process has been established for investigators interested in submitting an administrative supplement or a competitive revision to the CTSA UL1 grant. There is no limit on the number of applications Duke may submit. However, funds are limited, and NCATS strongly encourages an internal review of proposals and submit only the most scientifically meritorious proposals that align with NCATS’ goals.

Internal Application Process

Duke investigators interested in applying for an administrative supplement or a competitive revision to the CTSA UL1 are asked to send the following to Karen O. Johnson (

  • a one-page project summary and/or specific aims
  • targeted funding opportunity (CTSI staff will ensure the best FOA for the proposal)
  • endorsement of support from chair or institute director 
  • an explanation for how the proposal is responsive to the announcement
  • a ballpark budget estimate

Review Process

A small internal committee of faculty members will review the proposals and recommend which proposals should move forward. The SOM leadership will confirm project feasibility under the current restricted research environment due to COVID-19. Reviewers will be asked to consider impact, responsiveness and feasibility in their review. When reviews are complete, applicants will be notified of the results of their submissions and next steps for submission to NCATS  

Questions?  Contact Karen Johnson at or 919-668-8447.