New DOE funding in the fight against COVID-19: calling for proposals

If you’ve wondered whether there was a way you could leverage your expertise and the lab’s resources to assist with a technological problem related to COVID-19, I have good news: The Department of Energy is now providing support for us to do just that.

Today DOE began making funds available to national labs to help in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program, or CTAP, capitalizes on the labs’ vast expertise to provide support for short-term tech transfer activities that could help outside organizations dealing with challenging technical hurdles. With your assistance, small businesses could get their COVID-19-related technologies to market sooner than they would otherwise.

If you know of a company that could use your expertise to help them with a COVID-related technology and are interested in working with them, please tell us at the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer. We are currently collecting information on possible COVID-related agreements so we can apply for program funding. Kindly complete the CTAP Projects Funding Request form, which includes information on the purpose and requirements for CTAP. Submit it to Laura Rogas in the Fermilab Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer. A technical review committee will make the final selections to submit to DOE.

Fermilab researchers have already shown that they will jump in with both feet to volunteer their time fast-tracking the design and approvals for a simple ventilator or to dedicate computing resources for better therapeutics. Now we have an opportunity to secure designated funding to use our wealth of knowledge to further help in the fight against COVID-19. Perhaps you’ve been contacted by a small business asking whether you could help them sleuth why their hospital device isn’t working. With CTAP funding, you can respond in the affirmative.

Especially in times like this, we work to support each other any way we can. Thank you for considering using your talents to advance this important effort.

Cherri Schmidt is the head of the Fermilab Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer.