Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:
Release Date: August 22, 2012
This Notice updates and supersedes the previous Guide Notice, NOT-TW-12-001, published in the NIH Guide, October 13, 2011.
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have identified ecological and evolutionary sciences, including field biology and mathematical modeling, and socio-ecology as essential disciplines to understand and predict transmission of zoonotic and other infectious diseases that involve biotic or abiotic vectors, including diseases of humans, other animals, and plants. FIC, NIGMS, NSF and USDA will continue this multi-year collaboration on an important initiative to advance our ability to address the environmental and public health components of disease control. As described in the NSF Program Solicitation (NSF-12587), the purpose of the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) Program is to support multidisciplinary teams in the development of predictive models and the discovery of principles governing the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents to humans and other hosts. Proposed projects should include research and associated expertise in diverse disciplines (e.g., mammalogy, ornithology, entomology, epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, social sciences, hydrology, geographic information systems, mathematical modeling, biostatistics) as relevant to understanding the disease transmission system proposed. The EEID program scope has broadened to incorporate more socio-ecology, pathogen evolution and translational research in the overall context of the ecology of disease transmission.
U.S. and foreign institutions are eligible to apply. The FIC mission prioritizes collaborative projects with scientists in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), as defined by the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups), focused on significant health threats in their countries. The NIGMS mission prioritizes basic biomedical research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Other NIH components have participated in the past and may do so again in the current cycle. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH or NSF program officials prior to submitting an application. It is anticipated that six to nine awards will be made through the EEID program in fiscal year 2013 for projects to begin in the summer of 2013, subject to the availability of funds. Each EEID project may receive NIH support of up to $350,000 in direct costs, or NSF support of up to $500,000 in total costs per year for up to five years.
Application submission is through the National Science Foundation. Following a jointly conducted initial peer review of these applications, likely NIH awardees will be asked to reformat their application and resubmit their application for NIH processing.
Detailed information about this program can be obtained on the Internet at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5269&org=DEB&from=home.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Christine Jessup, Ph.D.
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Irene Eckstrand, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
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