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COVID-19: Special Requests and Opportunities

As part of Tufts University's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are partnering with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) and the Office of Community Relations to compile opportunities for Tufts University faculty, staff, and students to contribute resources and expertise. These requests range from supply needs, to projects that require scientific training, to research opportunities.

We encourage you to explore this list, which will be updated regularly, and to share it with others who may benefit from it or be able to help. If you have questions or or know about a local need that the Tufts community may be able to help with, please email

Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Tufts Medical Center

The Tufts Medical Center is in need of our PPE and lab supplies, such as:

  • masks
  • eye protection
  • precaution gowns
  • hand sanitizer

You can find more information, including equipment specifications and instructions on how to donate, on the Tufts Medical Center website. Tufts researchers should contact if they have questions or items to donate; the OVPR will facilitate the pick-up and delivery to TMC. The OVPR is coordinating donations in order to document donations that were originally purchased with a grant for reimbursement and reporting purposes.

Partners HealthCare Requesting Laboratory Supplies/Equipment

Institutions in the region are in short supply of COVID-19 testing reagents, supplies, and equipment. They are requesting donations from the community. In particular, we are aware that Partners HealthCare is urgently seeking donations for testing. They are requesting:

  • Viral RNA extraction kits from Qiagen and Roche 
  • Instruments including Roche Magna Pure, Roche 480Z, ABI 7500DX, Qiagen EZ1 Advanced XL, and QIAcube/QIAcube Connect

Please find more details on this website, reach out to the appropriate contact if you have supplies to donate, and share this message with anyone else in the Boston area scientific community who might be able to help.

Additional Supply Donation Platforms

  • Mass Bio has launched a portal, Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub, for anyone able to donate supplies and PPE in Massachusetts
  • Find The Masks is collecting information about PPE donation sites and requests all over Massachusetts and the United States

Call for Experienced Lab Volunteers

The COVID-19 National Scientist Volunteer Database, a grassroots organization of private citizens, is seeking experienced volunteers to help with several tasks related to assaying for coronavirus. If you have experience with RNA extraction, qPCR, bioinformatics, or other relevant areas, please fill out this form, and stand by as they reach out to those whose skills are needed. For more information, visit

Researchers: Free Access to QInsight

Qinsight is a search engine that uses natural language processing and machine learning to discover biomedical literature. (You can see a demo on their website.)  It is being offered for free for individual academic users who are working on research related to SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19.To help you advance your efforts as quickly as possible, Quertle is offering access to the full capabilities of its AI-powered literature discovery application Qinsight. Please write to

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for other ways to help? We're using our Tufts Civic Impact platform to sign up Tufts students, faculty, and staff for general volunteer opportunities.