Resources for Researchers

Conducting Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, Penn State’s focus remains on the health and well-being of the Penn State and surrounding communities. On November 17, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf announced four new mitigation efforts:

  1. Protecting Our Healthcare System in the event a hospital becomes overwhelmed during the pandemic.
  2. Traveler Testing of those traveling to Pennsylvania from other states, which excludes work-related travel.
  3. Strengthened Masking Order with additional inclusions on when and where masks should be worn.
  4. Colleges and Universities with recommendations that Institutions of Higher Education implement testing strategies for students when they return to campus.

The University’s current research plans for Sustaining Safe, Research-Related Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic embrace the principles in the Governor’s order.

Free walk-up testing for students and employees is available at the Hintz Family Alumni Center from November 30 to January 18, noon-5:00 p.m.

Resources for COVID-19 Investigations

Use the links below to access funding opportunities and free services available to researchers conducting investigations into the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

If you know of an opportunity or service not listed on this page that you would like to share with the Penn State computational research community, email a link to Liam Jackson, ICDS communications manager, at

ICDS and Roar Computing Support

ICDS will collaborate with Penn State researchers to prioritize any computational research that is investigating COVID-19.

Assistance acquiring compute resources on major, external systems

ICDS has XSEDE campus champions who can help researchers identify a suitable platform and help write proposals to acquire needed XSEDE computational resources. Contact Chuck Pavloski at to learn more.

Funding Announcements

External Compute Resources for COVID-19 Research

Free Research Services Related to COVID-19 Investigations

Additional COVID-19 Research Information

Penn State COVID-19 Information and Announcements