COVID-19 Response Program

Give today. Support science for a better future.
The OIST gel project has 25 volunteers in total. Here some of them display the gel in bottles.

As the COVID-19 outbreak expands worldwide, OIST joins the global effort in combating the pandemic through scientific means. At the same time, we are volunteering our research and expertise to the Okinawan community and the Okinawan Prefectural Government in anticipation of critical areas of needs throughout the prefecture. At present, our scientists are moving ahead quickly with projects aimed at mitigating the threat of the public health crisis in the short term or finding long-term medical management solutions for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. To support these efforts, OIST has launched a series of COVID-19 Response projects.

Learn more about COVID-19 OIST Research Community Projects

Additionally, OIST researchers are making educational videos for school-age children in lieu of STEM outreach activities now postponed to comply with social distancing guidelines. They are also leading virtual public lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics about science education and research to provide opportunities for free online learning and continued public engagement with science.

Your donation to the Program will help us support our local and global communities during this global crisis. We are grateful to see that you are joining us in this effort. We are all stronger when we do it together.


I really appreciate OIST’s proactive responses [to COVID] that have shown how basic science can have positive impact when it really matters. The OIST team that is by design very international, cross-cultural, multi-religious, has demonstrated what it means to be good citizens and what one can do in time of needs. I felt a sense of pride being a part of OIST's initiatives.

People living in the United States can contribute to the OIST Foundation's COVID19 Science for Society Fund here. The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in New York State with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the U.S. IRS.

Impact Story