The AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) provides support for innovation in rapid and accurate patient testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and other diagnostic solutions to mitigate future outbreaks. Although vaccine and treatment development research is generally funded by private foundations and government agencies, fast and reliable diagnostic techniques are slow to be developed. Accurate testing and diagnosis at point-of-care or regional locations for patients with COVID-19 is critical to early intervention and treatment. AWS is offering technical support and providing AWS promotional credits to support the use of AWS services to advance diagnostic research for selected institutions and companies.


The program is open to accredited research institutions, research consortia, and private entities that are AWS customers. Individuals who apply must apply on behalf of their organization and not in their personal capacity.

The AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative supports AWS customers who are working to bring better, more accurate diagnostic solutions to market faster. Given the need, the emphasis initially will be on COVID-19, but we will also consider other infectious disease diagnostic projects. The program will be open to accredited research institutions, research consortia, and private entities, that are using AWS to support research-oriented workloads for the development of point-of-care diagnostic (testing that can be done at home or at a clinic with same-day results) and other diagnostic techniques. We will not support administrative workloads to run routine IT operations through this program.


We are committing $20 million over the next year to accelerate research, innovation, and development to speed our collective understanding and detection of COVID-19 and other innovate diagnostic solutions to mitigate future infectious disease outbreaks. Funding will be provided through a combination of AWS in-kind credits and technical support to assist our customers’ research teams in harnessing the full potential of the cloud to tackle this challenge.

Please refer to the AWS Promotional Credit Terms & Conditions for details.

To Apply:

You should briefly address the following topics:

  1. A short description of the diagnostic problem to be solved.
  2. Research abstract.
  3. The types of technical support for AWS services that would be useful in your research.
  4. How you plan to use AWS services to support your COVID-19 diagnostic research.
  5. An estimate of the AWS promotional credit requested to support your COVID-19 diagnostic research.
  6. Any plans for sharing research outcomes (tools, data, and/or resources) created during project.
  7. List of anticipated Principal Investigators for your COVID-19 diagnostic research.
  8. Provide links for up to three publications related to your COVID-19 diagnostic research

Apply Here:

Deadline: Not specified