COVID-19 Emergency Response Resources & Information

With the unprecedented devastation being caused by COVID-19, SSTI has assembled a list of resources for organizations, small businesses, universities and others. Below you will find links to federal, state, and other programs providing guidance on the both the latest stimulus package, as well as other sources of aid.

We will also be updating and reorganizing this list, and we encourage you to reach out to us at if you know of a program or resource that should be included here or have suggestions to improve usability.

Federal Emergency Response

Federal Agencies


  • Information from the Treasury Department includes updates to tax payment deadlines, coronavirus-related paid leave assistance, and other steps being taken to combat the disease.
  • The IRS has published an FAQ on the Employee Retention Credit.
  • The FDIC has provided guidance to banking institutions and consumers affected by COVID-19 and encouraged financial institutions to work constructively with borrowers and customers in affected communities.
  • SEC is posting notices of delayed deadlines on filings for investment firms and other changes.

Health & Human Services

  • Department of Health and Human Services (including National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has announced that funds may be available for Administrative Supplements to meet increased costs that are within the scope of the approved award.
  • The CDC will make $560 million in emergency funding available.
  • CDC provides interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.
  • The Office of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has released updates to its broad agency announcement for the Development of Medical Products for Novel Coronavirus.
  • NIH has released a Notice of Special Interest regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to highlight the urgent need for research on the 2019 novel Coronavirus.

Small Business Administration

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses, and is offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) businesses and non-profits impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • The SBA administrator appeared on a Small Business Roundtable webinar to explain the different loan options.
  • SBDC has a resource page listing help for small businesses and encourages them to contact their local SBDC for assistance as well.

National Science Foundation

  • The NSF’s coronavirus resource page provides guidance to researchers in the NSF community regarding new application deadlines, information on administrative assistance and supplemental funding, and other funding opportunities dedicated to coronavirus.
  • The NSF is accepting proposals to conduct non-medical, non-clinical care research on different aspects of COVID-19.
  • The NSF released a Dear Colleague Letter inviting Rapid Response Research proposals and supplemental funding requests to existing awards that address COVID-19 challenges through data and/or software infrastructure development activities.

Other Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has implemented several measures to help residents and businesses in rural communities affected by COVID-19.
  • The USDA unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The Department of Energy has identified scientific and technical information supporting coronavirus and viral-related research.
  • The Depart of Labor has issued guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements.
  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.


Emergency Response Legislation

Package 3

  • SSTI overview of the third emergency response legislation
  • House Ways and Means summary of unemployment compensation provisions
  • House Appropriations summary of funding provisions
  • Senate Small Business released a "small business owner's guide" to the legislation
  • Chronicle of Higher Education summary of the legislation's impacts for higher education
  • The Association of Association Executives has a summary of the legislation's impacts for nonprofits
  • Overview of the small business tax provisions by Maloney & Novotny


Private Resources

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of resources for businesses.
  • Facebook is offering $100 million in small business grants across 30 countries.
  • NVCA is tracking resources for venture capital firms and VC-backed companies
  • The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has a resource center for economic development finance tools to address COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is bringing together federal, industry, and academic leaders who are volunteering free compute time and resources on their world-class machines for all researchers engaged in COVID-19 research activities.
  • Fourth Economy has a resource guide for various tools to address COVID-related economic concerns.
  • The Council on Foundations has a list of philanthropies that have pledged to have flexible grant management practices and contribute to fighting the emergency health and economic conditions as part of an overall resource center for nonprofits.
  • Elsevier has made all its Coronavirus-related content housed on the Elsevier Covid-19 Information Center available for free and open access (no copyright limitations, full text and data mining) via the NIH PubMed Central and other publicly-funded platforms such as the WHO’s dedicated database.  Full access is available here.
  • The Allen Institute for AI has partnered with leading research groups to prepare and distribute the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a free resource of over 29,000 scholarly articles, including over 13,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community.
  • The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium has a listing of R&D solicitations related to COVID-19.
  • InfoEd Global is sharing a listing of 90+ R&D funding solicitations related to COVID-19.


    State resources

    • The State Economic Development Executives network has an index of state economic development actions by focus and location.
    • The National Council of State Legislatures has several pages dedicated to state actions in related to COVID-19:
    • The National Governors Association is providing information on the status of COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad, what actions states and territories have taken to address it, and the latest efforts by the federal government.
    • MultiState provides a reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers that is updated daily. 
    • The Tax Foundation provides information on state legislatures’ schedules, adjustments and status of the state’s budget, and the state’s rainy day fund (RDF) balance as a percentage of the prior year’s general fund budget.