The National Institutes of Health is providing an expedited funding mechanism to support Phase II of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics – Underserved Populations (RADxSM-UP) initiative. These two-year Testing Research Projects will expand the scope and reach of testing interventions to reduce COVID-19 disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations and address scientific questions on interventions to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing given the increasing availability of vaccines. Phase II projects will apply scientific knowledge gained in 2020 and 2021 to develop and evaluate interventions with the goal of conducting testing to decrease disparities that contribute to the increased risk of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and mortality. Projects will help to understand and address disparities in testing and the effects of testing combined with other mitigation strategies on infection rates, transmission, and outcomes.
Applications are due July 7, 2021.