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COVID-19 Resources

In these challenging times, many organizations have come forward with initiatives and resources to help frontline health workers, researchers, policymakers, and the general public in various ways. CSPC has created a list of such initiatives, with the goal of making
this information accessible and widely disseminated.

If your organization has created such an initiative specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSPC will promote it through social media channels as well as by including it on this resource page.

Please send us information about your initiative with relevant website links at info@sciencepolicy.ca

Government

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program-Innovative Solutions Canada COVID-19 Challenge Program
Organization:
National Research Council of Canada
Working with Innovative Solutions Canada, the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program is building on its relationships with thousands of Canada’s most innovative small and medium-sized enterprises to expedite technology development and quickly bring COVID-19 solutions to the market or for government procurement.
CanCOVID
Organization:
Government of Canada
Government of Canada online platform to connect an expert network of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country to expedite communication and collaboration between the scientific, healthcare and policy communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): We are taking action
Organization:
Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
Key platforms for economic development in Canada and help to address key economic challenges by providing regionally tailored programs, services, knowledge and expertise.
COVID-19 in Ottawa
Organization:
City of Ottawa
Various COVID-19 related resources, information, assistance and support groups in the city of Ottawa.
NRC Biomanufacturing capacity at Royalmount
Organization:
National Research Council of Canada
The National Research Council of Canada is in discussions to assist its collaborators in advancing vaccine candidates to clinical trials in Canada, and will upgrade its biomanufacturing facility in Montréal to be able to make vaccines available more quickly, aiming for production of up to 100,000 doses per month within six months once a vaccine is proven.
NRC COVID-19 Community Support for Immediate, Near, and Medium-term Assistance
Organization:
National Research Council of Canada
The National Research Council of Canada is using its expertise and working with partners to provide advice and technical support to businesses of all sizes, academics, and governments in the effort against COVID-19.
NRC Pandemic Response Challenge Program
Organization:
National Research Council of Canada
The National Research Council of Canada’s new challenge program will form teams of researchers from across government, academia, and industry to address challenges and accelerate research and development in priority areas in the fight against COVID-19, with funding available for eligible participants to help cover research costs.
NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants
Organization:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges.
Québec COVID Network
Organization:
Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ)
The primary objective of the QCN is to create a space for close collaboration to coordinate research efforts, prioritize actions and accelerate discoveries and their applications for SARS-CoV-2.
Québec COVID-19 Biobank
Organization:
Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and Genome Québec
The primary objective of this Québec-based infrastructure, which will be governed by a strict legal and ethical framework, is to make available to Québec researchers the samples and data they need to support their research on COVID-19.
Supply Emergency Products to Help Fight Coronavirus
Organization:
The Government of Ontario
Fill out this page to share what products your business can supply for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force
Organization:
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada launched the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force to measure the scope of coronavirus infection in Canada and rapidly provide information needed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and safely get Canadians back to work.
Tri-Agency COVID-19 Grants
Organization:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Funding opportunity to leverage the expertise and infrastructure in post-secondary institutions- Canadian colleges and polytechnics; to rapidly mobilize support and expertise related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Organization:
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to respond to COVID-19 and seeking volunteers to help in the following areas: 1. Case tracking and contact tracing; 2. Health system surge capacity; 3. Case data collection and reporting. We are building an inventory of volunteers from which provincial and territorial governments can draw upon as needed, ALL volunteers are welcome as we are looking for a wide variety of experiences and expertise.
Weekly read: COVID-19 research from around the world
Organization:
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
IDRC is producing a weekly digest of annotated online literature to inform the Centre’s own response to the COVID-19 pandemic and these digests will be available on our website on a weekly basis.

International

2019 SARS-CoV-2 and currently available Coronavirus strains and reagents
Organization:
BEI Resources
BEI Resources distributes viral isolates and reagents to researchers across the globe and is currently prioritizing and fast-tracking all SARS-CoV-2 registrations.
Clinical Trials Funded
Organization:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Search tool for finding clinical trials for various conditions, including COVID-19 by country.
Combat COVID-19: Keep learning. Together we are on the move!
Organization:
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
A communication platform for government officials, teachers, students at schools and universities, as well as education and technology specialists.
COVID-19 Data Portal
Organization:
European Commission
A data-sharing platform for scientists to publish their coronavirus research, such as DNA sequences and data from pre-clinical studies with opportunities for Canadian researchers to share thier data. Established jointly by the Commission and the European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL-EBI), alongside other partners, the platform will consist of multiple data hubs that will process and analyse data, while an online portal will share data and findings on the new virus.
COVID-19 Gender Resources
Organization:
Gender and COVID-19 Group on Mendeley
A public library, free for anyone in the world to join, access and add to; containing a collection of research, studies and other references covering the sex and gender dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative
Organization:
COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative
The COVID-19 host genetics initiative brings together the human genetics community to generate, share, and analyze data to learn the genetic determinants of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes.
COVID-19 Outbreak Parliamentary Expert Database
Organization:
Newcastle University
Initiative from Parliament Knowledge Exchange Unit, crowdsourcing list of experts.
COVID-19 Research Project Tracker by UKCDR & GloPID-R
Organization:
UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) & Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R)
Live database of funded research projects on COVID-19 that will help funders and researchers identify gaps and opportunities and inform future research investments or coordination needs
COVID-19 Resources
Organization:
Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R)
Research priorities on COVID-19 on nine thematic areas
COVID-19 Updates Page
Organization:
Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI)
A group of 300+ international researchers worked to design and carry out a number of reproducible analyses related to Covid19 over a number data providers from different countries including South Korea.
COVID-19: Visualizing regional socioeconomic indicators for Europe
Organization:
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline, in their interactive map you can visualize regional socioeconomic indicators for Europe related to COVID-19.
Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Organization:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on corona virus disease.
Latest information about the coronavirus
Organization:
Weizmann Canada
On this page are updates on our COVID-19 (coronavirus) research, in addition to Canadian and international resources.
Library of COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and Resources
Organization:
InfoEd Global
International inventory of COVID-19 funding opportunities.
LitCOVID
Organization:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
A curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative
Organization:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Commits to strengthening multi-religious action and community mobilization, in countering the COVID-19 pandemic.
NIH RePORTER
Organization:
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
An electronic tool that allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. Investigators can use NIH RePORTER and its Matchmaker tool to identify and connect with colleagues working on COVID-19 and to see if they might be interested in collaborating
Preclinical Models of Infectious Disease
Organization:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
This contract program supports the development and refinement of animal models and animal replacement technologies and provides in vivo preclinical testing services, ranging from screening and proof-of-concept to GLP efficacy studies.
Science Advice and COVID-19
Organization:
International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
Dedicated information hub created by INGSA, that addresses scientific evidence and diplomacy issues raised by the pandemic.
Therapeutic Development Services
Organization:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
The Therapeutic Development Services program offers a collection of preclinical services to support the development of products intended for use in the cure, mitigation, diagnosis, or treatment of disease caused by a pathogen or certain toxins.
Vaccine Development Services
Organization:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
The Vaccine Development Services program offers a collection of preclinical services to support the development of vaccines intended for use in the investigation, control, prevention, and treatment of a wide range of infectious agents (other than HIV).

University Affiliated

#HowsMyFlattening
Organization:
Volunteer team of physicians, medical students, computational health researchers, designers and epidemiologists.
A centralized data analytics and visualization hub monitoring Ontario's response to COVID-19.
#TogetherVSVirus
Organization:
TEDxAbbotsford and University of Fraser Valley
An online hackathon against COVID-19 over 48h hours, for particpants of diverse backgrounds to find solutions.
COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END)
Organization:
McMaster University
Draws from diverse evidence-synthesis, technology assessment, and guideline-development communities and has a long track record of supporting decision-makers locally, nationally and internationally.
COVID-19 Research
Organization:
University of Toronto
Spotlight on resources for conducting COVID-19 research.
COVID19 DEMYSTIFIED
Organization:
Group of senior undergraduate students from universities across Canada who have come together to bring research on COVID19 to the people.
A website presenting latest peer-reviewed journal articles on COVID19, broken down in laymen's terms by senior undergraduate students and professors who act as ‘subject matter experts,’ to ensure faithful interpretation of the articles.
Democracy Dialogues
Organization:
Democratic Engagement Exchange, Ryerson University- Faculty of Arts
A free virtual series that will answer some of the biggest questions and concerns we have about democracy during COVID-19.
First Policy Response
Organization:
Ryerson Leadership Lab, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Matthew Mendelsohn
Our goal is to bring the Canadian policy community together to highlight the best economic and social policy ideas that will get Canadians through the immediate crisis and prepare us for a more sustainable and equitable recovery.
Math Plus
Organization:
University of Toronto
Online math courses for grades 1-12, teachers will provide live lessons, assign and take-up coursework, including homework, be available to answer questions, and assign project-based homework designed to deepen understanding of the material and increase enjoyment of the subject matter.
Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Organization:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Tips, coping strategies and resources for the public and health care workers.
PPE for HCPs Toronto
Organization:
University of Toronto
This group seeks donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as monetary, to purchase new supplies for front-line healthcare workers.
Spotlight
Organization:
University of Toronto
Resources for Researchers During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research.
Toronto Emergency Device Accelerator (TEDA)
Organization:
University of Toronto
Project to co-ordinate and deploy equipment from across University of Toronto to produce medical supplies like masks, face shields, and ventilators for health-care workers on the front lines.

Other

#Stitch4Corona
Organization:
Group of young professionals around the Greater Toronto Area who work in various fields such as medicine, engineering, neuroscience, business, and academia.
A city-wide, coordinated volunteer effort to manufacture and deliver uncertified DIY fabric surgical masks
Action on COVID-19
Organization:
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
A compilation of latest news, resources for researchers, collaborations, and reports and outcomes related to COVID-19.
Anything But Static: Risks of COVID-19 to workers in Canada
Organization:
Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
A data visualization that explores how COVID-19 affects different workers, from exposure to disease, ability to work from home, and potential of economic and income precarity.
CIFAR Virtual Talks
Organization:
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
CIFAR is launching a series of virtual talks that will explore leading research from across the globe through conversations with researchers and innovators.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Cochrane resources and news
Organization:
Cochrane resources
High-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the various related activities that Cochrane is undertaking in response.
COVID Reference, The new mini-textbook by Kamps & Hoffmann
Organization:
COVID Reference
Provides an overview of COVID-19 timeline, epidemiology, virology, immunology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations, treatment, severe cases and comorbidities/special populations. Also has a section on the daily top 10 papers on COVID-1
COVID-19 Action Fund
Organization:
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
The COVID-19 Action Fund enables responsive, meaningful action and collaboration during this unprecedented time,100% of your donation today will support quick-response grants that spur innovation and research collaborations.
COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
Organization:
Sematic Scholar
An open research dataset which contains 29,000 full-text machine-readable articles on COVID-19 and related coronaviruses, set up by the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Georgetown University’s Centre for Security and Emerging Technology, Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health.
COVID-19 Policy Watch
Organization:
Policy, a public interest media organisation that creates digital tools to support democracy
COVID-19 Policy Watch summaries policy responses to the corona virus and presents them in an accessible and comparable form; you can explore policies by country or topic.
COVID-19 Regional Genomics Initiative
Organization:
Genome Canada
Newly available funding for genomics research related to the testing, spread, mechanisms, and treatment of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Reserach Publications
Organization:
Dimensions
A global list of publications, dataset and clinical trials.
COVID-19 Resources
Organization:
The Crowdhelix Network
Online open innovation platform for experts seeking to collaborate across continents and disciplines in developing R&D funding proposals to help tackle COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources Canada
Organization:
Group of Canadian researchers, students, activists and web developers who want to help our country’s COVID-19 response
A central hub designed to help those involved in COVID-19 research and development in Canada to locate human resources, expertise, reagents, equipment and information in a timely manner.
COVID-19 Resources: GIS Hub
Organization:
Esri Canada
Database containing information about the pandemic from all parts of canada including the community map of canada and the living atlas.
COVID-19 Response Update (Ongoing)
Organization:
Volunteer Toronto
In response to COVID-19, Volunteer Toronto is in daily contact with the Ontario Ministry of Health as well as the City of Toronto and core social service agencies to understand how they’re adapting to protect and support vulnerable individual and sharing safe opportunities for volunteers to meet these needs.
COVID-19 Support Resources
Organization:
Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF)
CMTF is compiling a list of resources which will be continually updated as materials become available.
COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
Organization:
Jack.org
A hub of resources for youth regarding mental health, to help them take care of themselves and look out for their loved ones during this challenging time.
COVID-19: answers to your questions
Organization:
Éducaloi
A guide to useful resources to answer many of your questions regarding COVID-19, based on the steps taken by the Quebec and Canadian governments.
COVID19 Canada
Organization:
COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group
The COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group collects information such as age, sex, health region location, and history of travel on confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Canada.
Crowdfight COVID-19
Organization:
COVID-19 Researchers
An initiative from the scientific community to put all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19.
Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19
Organization:
Evidence 4 Democracy
A living blog post promoting various evidence based responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Good Neighbour Project
Organization:
GTA Public Group
A network of community members that are willing to assist with delivering supplies and groceries to healthcare workers, those with disabilities, compromised immune systems, accessibility barriers, and the elderly, across the GTA.
Nourish Your Community
Organization:
Toronto's Second Harvest
$4.5 million initiative to provide grants to local community organizations to ensure food and finances are available.
Online Resources for Canadian Water and Wastewater Utilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Organization:
Canadian Water Network
Canadian Water Network has curated a collection of online resources for utility managers during the COVID-19 pandemic that includes the latest science, regulatory guidance, business continuity planning and communications examples.
Pick of the Coronavirus Papers
Organization:
Nature
Nature summaries of emerging research on COVID-19.
Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources
Organization:
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP)
Resources reated to public health ethics, organized by categories including: Ethics frameworks and guidance for pandemics and public health emergencies, Equity, Indigenous health, Priority-setting/allocation of resources, Research and surveillance, Communication, Global health, global justice, Civil liberties, and Physical (or social) distancing: balancing benefits and harms.
STEM at home
Organization:
Let's Talk Science
Resources and contests for educators, caregivers, and youth on COVID-19.
Support Your Community During Covid-19
Organization:
Spark Ontario
SPARK and the Government of Ontario are connecting volunteers with community response efforts to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Supporting Public Servants During COVID-19
Organization:
Apolitical
In a time of crisis and remote working, we are working to help our members stay connected, motivated and informed. https://apolitical.co/support-covid-19/
Updates on the novel coronavirus
Organization:
Ontario Hospital Association
The OHA developed this webpage to keep members apprised of recent Ministry of Health updates regarding the novel coronavirus, and to highlight relevant resources for members.