Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator Response to COVID-19

Dear clients, mentors, advisors and friends,

During the global COVID-19 healthcrisis, we hope you are all staying safe and protected. We want you to know that we are still available for advice and counsel. Since we are all working remotely without access to our traditional on campus resources, the best way to contact us is via email

Additional Information:

Information on Oregon State University’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Information on OSU’s Research Office’s COVID-19 FAQ’s can be found here

In addition, we are moving forward with the Accelerator's normal programming, although we are moving everything to Zoom events/meetings.

Please let us know how we can be of help. 


The Accelerator Staff



We want you to know there are resources available to small businesses at the state and local level. 

Corvallis Benton County Economic Development Office resources page is available here.

Business Oregon compiled a list of resources here.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance information can be found here.

We’ll continue to update this as new information becomes available.

Funding Opportunities AND UPDATES

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

Request for SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposals Addressing COVID-19. Areas of research that might be considered include, but are not limited to: artificial intelligence, digital health, diagnostics, distributed ledger, environmental technologies, medical devices, pharmaceutical technologies, disinfection and sterilization, and filtration and separations. Interested proposers are invited to submit to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Program. Full details and eligibility requirements included in the "Dear Colleague Letter” DCL-20-065 the NSF posted on March 25.

SBIR Deadline changes:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extended its Phase 1 deadline to April 20. More detail

The National Institutes of Health (NIH): any proposals due in March and April, including SBIR/STTR’s due on April 6, will be accepted up to May 1. More detail
The Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated SBIR Phase II Release 2 Applicants may request either (1) a late submission to the Phase II FOA that is received on or before May 5, 2020, or (2) permission to submit to the FY 2021 Phase II Release 2 FOA. Requests for these late submissions require justification.
Other Funding (Non-SBIR)
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has funding opportunities specific to COVID-19 detailed on their website here
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is looking for applied research, primarily for measures to address emerging public health emergency. More detail
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) partnership has the broadest topics of opportunities including diagnostic and point-of-care diagnostic assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus, vaccines, therapeutics, prophylaxis, respiratory protective devices and ventilators. More detail
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has  information for NIFA Partners, researchers, stakeholders, applicants and grantees available at their webpage here