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Like many of you, UF Innovate staff members are working remotely, practicing social distancing as we battle COVID-19. But we are here to offer you the same service we would if our offices were open.

We hope you continue to innovate, create entrepreneurial solutions, change the world, and fight back against all the effects the virus has thrown at our country and our world. We hope this page of resources and stories about how UF Innovate research and entrepreneurs are doing their part to help in this pandemic encourages and inspires you.

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Small business owners can apply for the Payroll Protection Program loans as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. Applications opened April 3.


Grants & Funding

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Looking for program development and funding opportunities during COVID-19? Visit UF’s Emerging Pathogen’s Funding webpage to learn about available grants.


Latest UF Research

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UF researchers continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by doing what they do best — finding answers and solutions. Read the latest research here.


Loan Guidelines

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a guide to help small businesses check eligibility and file for a loan from the U.S. CARES Act. Learn more.


CORD-19 Dataset

Help generate new insights to fight COVID-19, collaborate with other researchers worldwide, participate in the CORD-19 Challenge. Learn more.


UF Health Facts

Get the fast facts about UF Health’s responses and learn about the work our researchers conduct to combat the global pandemic. The latest here.


Startup Advice

logo for Osage University Partners, a venture capital firmDo you have an idea for a startup? OUP’s tech and life sciences teams are offering free VC office hours to UF researchers. Sign up for a 30-minute complimentary session.


Tx Accelerator

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard join forces — with $125 million — to tackle COVID-19. Want to join them?


Impact on Research

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The coronavirus is a challenge impacting researchers at the university. UF Research is doing its best to keep researchers updated. More here.

UF Innovate Tech & Startups Aid the Fight

Guidelines for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation During COVID-19 Pandemic

In an article published in the journal Brain Stimulation experts offer strategies and guidelines for clinical and research applications of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and low intensity transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) during the COVID-19 crisis. “There is an evident, and in cases, urgent need to maintain NIBS operations through the...
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UF Mobilizes Campus, Exactech Expertise to Make Vital COVID-19 Nasal Swabs

When University of Florida Health needed a massive supply of nasal swabs for expanded COVID-19 testing, the solution was right on campus and just across town. It came from Forrest J. Masters, Ph.D., P.E., a professor and the associate dean for research and facilities at UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Working...
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Could Rapid Home-Based Coronavirus Tests Become Reality?

Piyush Jain, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of UF Health Cancer Center, developed an inexpensive home-based rapid testing kit that can detect the coronavirus without needing to go to the hospital. “My research group recently engineered a sensitive CRISPR-based technology, that we named CRISPR-ENHANCE, and used...
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Oragenics Inc. and Aragen Bioscience Enter Agreement to Accelerate Development of TerraCoV2, a COVID 19 Vaccine Candidate

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate company Oragenics, Inc., a leader in the development of new antibiotics against infectious diseases and effective treatments for oral mucositis, announced that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Noachis Terra, it has entered into an agreement with Aragen Bioscience, a leading contract research organization focused...
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Nvidia’s DGX A100 System Packs a Record Five petaFLOPS of Power

At its virtual GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia launched its new Ampere graphics architecture — and with it, the most powerful GPU ever made: The DGX A100. It’s the largest 7nm chip ever made, offering 5 petaFLOPS in a single node and the ability to handle 1.5 TB of data per second. Of course, unless...
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UF Researchers Launch Study on Small Materials That May Have a Big Impact on Protecting Communities From COVID-19

Through a newly-funded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research, or RAPID grant, researchers in the University of Florida departments of environmental and global health and epidemiology are on a mission to improve personal protective equipment, specifically face masks, that are being widely used to protect health care workers and the broader community from infection...
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