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By Lauren Coffey

Updated June 1, 2020

The University of South Florida has invested over $680,000 with its latest commitment to funding coronavirus research projects.

The university announced Friday it is investing nearly $350,000 into 14 research projects, focused on detecting and stopping infections, innovations in personal protective equipment and addressing confusion in communities that may be especially vulnerable to the virus.

It's in addition to almost $340,000 the university invested into a previous 14 research projects in April. The grants are part of USF’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Research Grants program. The Florida High Tech Connect Corridor is donating $100,000 of the total, to specifically fund five of the 14 projects whose technology could become commercialized.

"The shock and devastation of the pandemic has inspired USF researchers to dig deep in thinking in new ways to keep us safer and healthier in the future,” Paul R. Sanberg, USF’s senior vice president for research, innovation & knowledge enterprise, said in a statement. “They are applying the best of their expertise, ability and creativity to this cause, while working in partnership with private companies and public agencies to bring these projects to fruition.”

The university's research department has continued to operate both in the lab and remotely during the pandemic. The department has also received funding from the National Science Foundation for sanitation technology and to build a digital tool to better understand the virus.

The rapid response grant program is part of an overarching USF Pandemic Response Research Network, an initiative for both university faculty and leadership to respond quickly to the current and potential future pandemics.

According to the university, some of the latest research projects include:

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