The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research has selected seven projects to receive funding through a new seed program directed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic. According to a news release, the COVID-19 Research Seed Grant program was created in May to encourage faculty in all academic disciplines to apply their knowledge to the pandemic. The application process attracted 21 proposals from five of ISU’s seven colleges. Four projects were initially chosen to receive funding, but additional support from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences allowed seven projects to be funded, the release stated. Each team will receive $15,000 to pursue high-risk, high-reward projects that address the pandemic. “One of the most important functions that research serves is to explore solutions to society’s greatest challenges, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is one of them,” Iowa State Interim Vice President for Research Guru Rao said in the release. The full list of recipients can be found on the university’s website.