NIH-NSF Ecology of Infectious Diseases Program: A Joint Program for Multidisciplinary Research

Notice Number: NOT-TW-06-003 (November 30, 2006 - Notice NOT-TW-07-001, this notice updates and supercedes NOT-TW-06-003).

Key Dates
Release Date: January 4, 2006
Application Receipt Date: February 10, 2006

Issued by
Fogarty International Center (FIC), (

This notice updates and supersedes the previous RFA-TW-01-004, published in the NIH Guide, February 27, 2001

The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have identified ecological sciences, including field biology and mathematical modeling 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 terrestrial or aquatic animals, and plants. FIC and the NSF 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-06-506 (, the purpose of this program is to provide support to transdisciplinary teams to develop predictive models and discover principles that govern relationships between environmental changes and transmission of infectious agents to humans and other hosts. Proposed projects should include research and associated expertise in diverse disciplines (for example, mammalogy, ornithology, entomology, epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, anthropology, hydrology, geographic information systems, mathematical modeling, biostatistics) as relevant to understanding the disease transmission system they propose to study.

U.S. and foreign institutions are eligible to apply. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH or NSF program officials prior to submitting an application. It is anticipated that 6-8 awards will be made in FY 2006 for projects to begin in the summer of 2006. Each EID project may receive NIH-NSF support of up to $500,000 in total costs (NSF awards) or $350,000 in direct costs (NIH awards) per year for up to five years.

Detailed information about this program can be obtained on the Internet at


Written and telephone inquiries concerning this Notice should be directed to:

Samuel Scheiner, Ph.D.
Program Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences
Division of Environmental Biology
National Science Foundation
Phone: (703) 292-7175

Joshua Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Phone: (301) 496-1653

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