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Zika Preparedness and Response Field Epidemiology Projects Mini-Grant Opportunity: LETTER OF INTENT

Zika Preparedness and Response Field Epidemiology Projects

Mini-Grant Opportunity 2017

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to submit mini-grant letters of intent for for Zika preparedness and response field epidemiology projects. National and Regional Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) are welcome to submit multiple proposals. 

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This announcement is for non-research activities. Projects that include human subject research will NOT be considered for funding.  For questions on what constitutes “research”, refer to

Who can apply?

  • FETPs trainees and graduates
  • Ministry of Health personnel
  • University personnel or students with faculty mentorship available
  • Ph.D. graduates of medical or entomology programs
  • Students enrolled in Ph.D. medical or entomology programs are eligible when their application is supported by qualified mentors
  • Applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Mini-grants are limited to projects from applicants working in following countries/regions: Brazil, Caribbean region/Guyana/Surinam, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

Priority will be given to:

  • Current trainees in or alumni of Frontline, Intermediate and/or Advanced FETP programs
  • Zika Virus (ZIKV) -affected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with Zika preparedness and response units within their Ministry of Health (MOH) or National Institute of Public Health (NPHI)
  • Evidence of mentorship within the MOH or within the university affiliated with the FETP in the areas of interest for the proposal(s)
  • Applications related to one of the subject matters listed below
  • Priority will also be given to projects that demonstrate the ability to be successfully completed in the six-month timeframe

Specific areas of interest for these proposals include projects in the following areas:

  • ZIKV disease surveillance and investigation
  • ZIKV diagnostics and diagnostic algorithms
  • ZIKV associated neurological disorders (Ex. GB and other neurologic syndromes)
  • ZIKV associated birth defects (i.e. microcephaly)
  • Entomology and vector control
  • ZIKV risk communication and community engagement
  • Assessment of laboratory capacity to diagnose and report Zika and other arbovirus infections
  • Assessment of birth defects surveillance systems
  • Assessment of entomological surveillance systems
  • Geospatial and mapping of Zika infection and associated risk factors

Projects should focus on a specific ZIKV-related topic or condition, using applied field epidemiology. This may include (but are not limited to):

  • Piloting or evaluating a surveillance system
  • Analyzing surveillance data
  • Analyzing other related data
  • Testing a diagnostic algorithm (is compulsory to use a standard definition of microcephaly, Congenital Zika Syndrome see below)
  • Implementing and/or evaluating prevention efforts


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Individuals interested in submitting a proposal must first submit a Letter of Intent for each mini-grant application. Letters of Intent should include:

  1. A descriptive title of the proposed project
  2. Principal investigator contact information (name, address, and e-mail address)
  3. Name of the FETP program (Frontline, Intermediate or Advanced), current year of FETP trainee (if applicable) and country/region; or current affiliation.
  4. A brief summary of the ZIKV related issue and how you plan to address/study the issue
  5. Anticipated outcomes and/or impact of the project
  6. The names of participating institutions (e.g., Ministry of Health, University)
  7. Contact information for in-country mentor(s) for proposed project (name, job title, physical address, and current working relationship with applicant)

Please limit the Letter of Intent to no more than 2 pages. Letters of Intent should be submitted online by 11:59 PM EST on January 20, 2017. Letters can be submitted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. 

If you have any questions about how to submit the application online, please contact Shanti Bazouma at

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Authors selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by January 30, 2017 and will receive instructions on how to submit their proposal. Full proposals will be due by February 27, 2017. Projects will last approximately 6 months and all work should be completed by August 31, 2017. About 25-50 projects will be funded and the average award amount is expected to be approximately $5,000 – 10,000 USD. Please note that all awards are contingent upon availability of funding.