Proposals: COVID-19 Challenge

Through the COVID-19 Challenge opportunity, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) seeks to engage PA colleges and universities in the rapid development and deployment of new technologies, products, and processes with the potential to positively impact the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCED is now soliciting proposals from faculty Principal Investigators (PI) at any accredited PA college/university for projects that fit within the program guidelines and address the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Detailed information about the project requirements, review criteria, proposal template, budget template, and award management is included in the proposal guidelines. The application period will close on May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Faculty may submit proposals by using the link below. The proposal form requires the submission of the technical proposal template (template may be downloaded below) along with a proposed budget, budget justification, and University statement of intent.


Proposal information


All institutions that receive Manufacturing Innovation Program awards will need to be entered into Carnegie Mellon’s vendor system for payment purposes. Institutions will need to complete the supplier forms and return them to Jim Whitfield at These forms must be submitted before the sub-agreement process can be started. Given the quick turnaround time to begin the COVID-19 projects, institutions that have NOT engaged in the Manufacturing Innovation Program in the past with Carnegie Mellon are strongly encouraged to submit the Supplier package at proposal time. 


Program overview


Learn more about the program