CITRIS launches COVID-19 response with 25 awards for innovative technologies, and extends deadline for 2020 seed funding

May 13, 2020

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute have announced the first 25 teams to be awarded seed funding for technology projects designed to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. Interdisciplinary projects -- including proposals for rapid-cycle ventilators, next-gen face masks, new algorithms for contact tracing and advance prediction, a genome browser to integrate molecular-level genetic information to accelerate research, and a portable rapid-testing device the size of a credit card -- will cover many aspects of the pandemic’s impact, from testing, treatment, and transmission to genomics and virology, policy and privacy. 

BIDS' Joshua Blumenstock, of UC Berkeley's School of information, was awarded seed funding for his project entitled Privacy Guarantees for the use of Personal Location Data in COVID models, which will develop provably private techniques that simultaneously allow for the use of personal location data to study disease spread without compromising individual privacy.

The RFP deadline for the 2020 CITRIS Seed Funding Program has been extended to September 10, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the availability of additional funding. See the letter to investigators with amended RFP and timeline (PDF) for more details. Email for questions or assistance.


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Featured Fellows

Joshua Blumenstock

School of Information, UC Berkeley
BIDS Faculty Council