COVID-19 Funding Opportunity RADx Tech II: Fast-Track Program to Advance U.S. COVID-19 Testing Capabilities

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is announcing its Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN) is soliciting proposals to further advance SARS-CoV-2 testing technologies in order to fill specific unmet national needs. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx), is a fast-track program that leverages the POCTRN. This solicitation will only consider proposals for technologies in an advanced stage of readiness that can reach the market in 2021.





There will be a rolling submission and selection process beginning June 7, 2021 that is currently planned to continue until June 28, 2021, 11:59pm ET.


Award Information

Proposals submitted to RADx Tech II will be reviewed rapidly on a rolling basis (see Project Review Criteria). Based on meritorious review, RADx Tech II will select projects for a 2-phase process (Deep Dive, Work Package Implementation).  

  • Deep Dive: Work Package Development. An external expert panel will rapidly review all project proposals submitted to RADx for program suitability and technology readiness level. Following review, if NIH accepts a project into the RADx program, project teams will initiate a “deep dive” with content and commercialization experts that produces a customized work package. Based on the results of this deep dive, a subset of projects will be selected for progression to work package implementation.
  • Work Package Implementation. The awarded milestone-driven budget will be sufficient to enable full product commercialization on a maximally accelerated timeline. Additional accelerating resources will be made available through partnerships established by NIH and in-kind support provided by NIH and RADx. For projects that meet all milestones toward product distribution, budgets of tens of millions of dollars are anticipated. NIH will negotiate cost sharing with for-profit institutions as appropriate.

Awards are milestone-based and selected teams must work collaboratively with assigned RADx experts and associated web-based tools, including the POCTRN Coordinating Center’s GAITS platform to continue. Full Federal overhead rates apply.


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