Harvard University — COVID-19 Serological Tests (Michael Mina)

Organization Name 
Award Date 
4/2020
Grant Amount 
$1,784,981
Purpose 
To support work to carry out nationwide serological testing to determine current and past COVID-19 infection rates.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigators. Harvard University staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,784,981 to Harvard University to support work led by Professor Michael Mina to carry out nationwide serological testing to determine current and past COVID-19 infection rates. The results could improve the accuracy of infection rate data, monitor for new evidence of outbreaks, and help inform measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and future viral pandemics. This funding is intended to support the rapid serological analysis of thousands of banked blood samples and the collection of tens of thousands of new samples from sites distributed across the United States over the next two months. This effort will build a foundation for future ongoing surveillance throughout the United States.

This falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.