Call for Letters of Intent: Zika Mini-Grants for the Dominican Republic

TEPHINET is pleased to announce the opportunity to submit mini-grant proposals for Zika preparedness and response field epidemiology projects within the Dominican Republic. This announcement is for non-research activities. Projects that include human subject research will NOT be considered for funding. 

How to apply

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal must first submit a Letter of Intent for each mini grant application. Letters of Intent should be submitted online at [link now closed] by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 3, 2017. Please visit that link for full instructions.

Who can apply?

  • FETP 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 only in the Dominican Republic

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 (e.g., Guillain-Barre 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