COVID Information Commons Newsletter | June 2021
The COVID Information Commons (CIC) serves as a resource for researchers, students and decision-makers from academia, government, nonprofit, and industry to identify collaboration opportunities, to leverage each other's research findings, and to accelerate the most promising research to mitigate the broad societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.This monthly CIC newsletter provides useful updates on COVID-related research events, opportunities and news. To suggest items for an upcoming newsletter, please email
  • COVID-19 Research Webinar: Lightning Talks and Q&A - July 16
  • PREPARE Workshop: Social, Behavioral, Economic, and Governance (SBEG) Issues During a Pandemic - June 24 & 25
  • New NSF Funding Opportunity: Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention
  • Hear from the Winners of the Inaugural CIC Student Paper Challenge
  • Build Your CIC PI Page
July 16, 2021 COVID Information Commons Community Webinar: Lightning Talks and Q&A
Date: July 16, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Meet the scientists seeking new insights on COVID-19. Every month, we bring together a group of researchers studying wide-ranging aspects of the current pandemic, to share their research and answer questions from our community. Learn more about their ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including opportunities for collaboration.

Featured Speakers:

Ponisseril Somasundaran, Columbia UniversityNovel foam formulations for decontamination of surfaces with minimum wastewater generation. Funded by NSF Engineering / Division Of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships.

Sarah T. Stahl, University of Pittsburgh: Efficacy of a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Depression in Older Spousally-bereaved Adults-Supplement. Funded by NIH / Office of the Director and NIA - National Institute on Aging.

Eugene T. Richardson, Harvard Medical SchoolSocial Epidemiology of COVID-19. Funded by NIH / NIAID - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, University of DelawarePredictive Modeling & Optimal Control Framework for Model-Based Epidemic Response in Delaware. Funded by NIH / NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Liqi Alex Lai, Cornell UniversitySARS-CoV-2 Fusion Peptide has a Greater Membrane Perturbating Effect than SARS-CoV with Highly Specific Dependence on Ca. Funded by NIH / NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Marc Reidel, University of MinnesotaComputationally Predicting and Characterizing the Immune Response to Viral Infections. Funded by NSF Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering / Division of Computing and Communication Foundations.

Aditya Kulkarni, University of Minnesota: Human Mobility Patterns Linked to COVID-19 Prone Locations. COVID Information Commons Undergraduate Student Paper Challenge 3rd Place Winner.


Thank you to all of the participants and speakers who attended the June CIC Community webinar! The webinar included talks from six NSF- and NIH-funded researchers working to provide new insights around COVID-19: Katie Corvey of Auburn University, Luis Ortiz of The New School, Jeffrey Townsend of Yale University, Gangli Wang of Georgia State University, Haichong (Kai) Zhang of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Caroline Zeiss of Yale University.

If you would like to present your NSF- or NIH-funded COVID-related research at a future CIC community event, please contact the project team. We look forward to hearing from you!
PREPARE Workshop: Social, Behavioral, Economic, and Governance (SBEG) Issues During a Pandemic

Dates: June 24 & 25, 2021

Register now to attend the next Pandemic Research for Preparedness & Resilience (PREPARE) online workshop: SBEG: Social, Behavioral, Economic, and Governance Issues During a Pandemic. PREPARE is an NSF-funded project you can find in the COVID Information Commons, and this workshop will cover a variety of topics related to pandemics including misinformation, equity and health disparities, governance and economic aspect, and behavioral modeling.

Past workshops can also be viewed on PREPARE’s YouTube Channel.

New Funding Opportunity Focuses on Predicting Future Pandemics
Informational Webinar: July 13, 2021
Proposals Due: October 1, 2021

Researchers from a broad range of scientific disciplinesؙ—computing and information science, biology, engineering, and social, behavioral and economic sciences—are invited to submit proposals to develop multidisciplinary research centers that can address the complex challenges involved in forecasting and avoiding future pandemic-scale outbreaks. The Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention initiative seeks to foster fundamental research in the multidisciplinary areas related to the dynamic nature of pathogen and disease emergence; thus, significantly contributing to national security, health, and economic stability by creating new knowledge and employing novel paradigms in computing, including machine learning algorithms, smart sensor networks, and cutting-edge modeling systems to forecast critical data, to name a few. The first phase of the initiative provides support for projects that identify major challenges involved in predicting and preventing pandemics, and how those challenges could be overcome through the creation of multidisciplinary research teams and activities.

Proposals for phase one are due on October 1, 2021. A solicitation for phase two is expected to be released in 2023. NSF anticipates up to $25 million in awards in FY 2022, supporting 25 to 30, 18-month projects.

An informational webinar will be held on July 13. Learn more at NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention webinar.

For additional information and the full proposal solicitation, please visit Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants (PIPP Phase I).
Hear from the Inaugural CIC Student Paper Challenge Winners
Last month, we announced the three winners of the inaugural CIC Student Paper Challenge. Tune in to the July 16 CIC Webinar to hear from Aditya Kulkarni, a high school student taking classes at the University of Minnesota, about his research on human mobility patterns in locations with COVID outbreaks, and read Aditya's paper now on the CIC website. Stay tuned to hear from the other winners in the coming months!
Build Your CIC PI Page!

As part of the NSF COVID Awards and PI Database on the COVID Information Commons website, we've already added websites, research findings, and collaboration opportunities provided by over 250 NSF PIs. If you would like to help others further engage with your work by adding or updating any information on your PI page, please fill out this survey.

To learn more about the database, watch this overview.
To suggest COVID research-related news, events, and opportunities for an upcoming newsletter, please email

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Thanks!  —The CIC Project Team
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