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

Notice Number: NOT-TW-07-001

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

  • October 29, 2010 - See Notice NOT-TW-11-001 Notice updates and supersedes this Guide Notice.
  • June 24, 2010 - See Notice NOT-TW-10-008 Notice to Highlight Current NIH Funding Opportunities that Promote Research on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change.

Key Dates
Release Date: November 30, 2006
Application Receipt Date: January 29, 2007

Issued by
Fogarty International Center (FIC), (

This notice updates and supersedes the previous Guide Notice, NOT-TW-06-003, published in the NIH Guide, January 4, 2006.

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. The 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-07-513), the purpose of the Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID) 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 (e.g., 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. The EID program scope has broadened to incorporate more pathogen evolution and translational research in the overall context of ecology of disease transmission.

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 six to eight awards will be made in fiscal year 2007 for projects to begin in the summer of 2007, subject to the availability of funds. Each EID 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 jointly conducted initial peer review of these applications, likely NIH awardees will be asked to reformat their application for NIH processing.

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
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7175
Fax: (703) 292-9064

Joshua Rosenthal, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2220
Building 31, Room B2C39
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: (301) 496-1653
Fax: (301) 402-0779