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We have seen our inventors and entrepreneurs rise to the challenges brought by COVID-19 this past year, and we are thankful and proud of each one of you. We at UF Innovate are here to facilitate your efforts as you continue to invent, create entrepreneurial solutions, and do all you can to change the world for the better. 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 a First Draw Loan from the Payroll Protection Program by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Applications still open.


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 continues to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing and more. Details on relief package and vaccines here.


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.


Funding Innovation

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges millions to fund innovation that tackles COVID-19 challenges. Get the latest here.


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

Oragenics Enters into Licensing Agreement with the National Research Council of Canada, to Pursue the Rapid Development of Next-Generation SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate Oragenics, Inc., a leader in the development of new antibiotics against infectious diseases and effective treatments for oral mucositis, announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) that will enable Oragenics to pursue the rapid development of next-generation vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants.

‘A Year of Change’: UF Reflects on COVID-19 Milestones

The University of Florida is reflecting back on the milestones made in the last year through the COVID-19 pandemic. From the initial lockdown in March 2020 to the rollout of vaccines in December, reflecting back on the year of change helps us see just how far we’ve come.

COVID-19 Testing Method Gives Results Within 1 Second

Researchers from the University of Florida and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University have developed a rapid and sensitive testing method for COVID-19 biomarkers. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B.

Battling COVID-19 With Smart Wearables

Dr. Swarup Bhunia, director and the Semmoto Endowed Professor at University of Florida's Electric and Computer Engineering Department, and Dr. My T. Thai, associate director and UF's Research Foundation professor at the Computer and Information Science Engineering Department, share the different Covid-19 innovations coming out of the Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World​.
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