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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

UF Health Study Will Examine Drugs To Treat Coronavirus UK Variant

Researchers say they aren't surprised by the coronavirus's ability to mutate, but they are working on ways to stop the spread. UF Associate Professor of Pathology David A. Ostrov's discovery about the UK variant has identified 40 candidate drugs that could serve as additional tools in the fight against COVID.

Tampa Bay Company Searching for Other Vaccine Methods

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, is in the pre-clinical phase of developing a vaccine they say would solve two critical problems when it comes to ending the pandemic.

Everything You Need To Know About Vaccines and COVID-19

Dr. Peter Khoury, president and CEO of UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate Ology Bioservices, Inc., a biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), talked with James Di Virgilio, Radio Cade's host, about vaccinations and COVID-19.

Oragenics Chases Vaccine for Niche Markets

UF startup and UF Innovate | Sid Martin Biotech graduate Oragenics, a leader in the development of new antibiotics against infectious diseases and effective treatments for oral mucositis, seeks to be a major player in the Super Bowl of the pharmaceutical industry: a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Cindy Prins Assesses Spaces Across UF Campus for COVID-19 Transmission Risks

In her role as the infection preventionist for the UF Health Screen, Test and Protect Program, Cindy Prins, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of epidemiology and assistant dean for educational affairs for the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, offers infection control assessments for UF entities who aim to resume activities throughout campus.
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