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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

Tiny Florida Medical Research Firm Faces Giant Challenge — COVID-19 Vaccine

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate company Oragenics, Inc., a Tampa-based medical research business with roots in Gainesville, found itself at a crossroads earlier this year right before the COVID-19 pandemic struck America. The company’s previous project had been working on modifying genes related to bacteria in the hopes...
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Oragenics Provides Update on SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Program

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, provided an update on progress with its SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine candidate and announced the termination of its clinical development program with AG013 for...
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Adapting Neurological Care Amid COVID-19

As the ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19 continues, the medical community is learning more about the disease and at-risk populations by the day. Many symptoms and comorbidities associated with neurologic disorders place patients, especially those in the neuromuscular disease community, within those high-risk categories established by the Centers...
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Harnessing Genome Editing for COVID-19 Drug Discovery

A University of Florida research team is harnessing the power of genomic editing to illuminate druggable targets in human cells for the fight against COVID-19. By taking advantage of high-containment labs in UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute—especially designed for studying highly contagious and virulent pathogens—the team is using CRISPR genome editing...
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Príncipe Receives NSF Grant for Unique Multi-Patient Ventilator Technique

José Príncipe, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida, was recently awarded an NSF grant in support of the development of a low-cost smart multi-patient ventilator system. The proposal, “RAPID: Inexpensive, rapidly manufacturable respiratory monitor to provide safe emergency ventilation during COVID19 pandemic,”...
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How Deforestation Helps Deadly Viruses Jump From Animals to Humans

Dr. Amy Y. Vittor, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida, co-authored a study on how deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans. The coronavirus pandemic, suspected of originating in bats and pangolins, has brought the risk of viruses that jump from wildlife to humans into stark...
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