Now Accepting Full Proposals for the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition Field Epidemiology Training Program Fellowship

Join us for an informational webinar!

TEPHINET and the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition will host an informational webinar on Friday December 10th, from 8:00 AM-9:00AM Eastern Time for eligibile applicants who have been invited to submit a full project proposal.

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Background

TEPHINET congratulates the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition (APDC) Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Fellowship applicants whose letters of intent (LOIs) were approved on advancing to the next stage of the application process--submission of a full project proposal. All proposals must follow the guidance provided below. 

All projects proposed for the 2021-2022 cycle of the APDC FETP Fellowship must be initiated and completed during the period of January 31-August 31, 2022, with a maximum budget of US $10,000. The project must not involve other funders. Additionally, the project must be ready to start by January 31, 2022, with all necessary project approvals and requirements in place by that time. Applicants are restricted to submitting one full proposal. Multiple entries will result in disqualification.

When to Apply

Full proposals are due by 11:59 pm EST on December 16, 2021.

How to Apply

Accepted LOI applicants must complete the full proposal application at this linkNote: You must be logged into TEPHINET's website (www.tephinet.org) in order to be able to access the application form. Click "Login" near the top right corner of this page to log into your existing account. Please use the same account you used to submit your LOI.

Non-Research Proposals

Small grants will only be awarded to projects that are determined to be “non-research”. Proposals must include activities that demonstrate pathogen discovery and/or surveillance for emerging pathogens, and provide concise documentation to that effect. Your proposed project should not be focused on generalizable research. Therefore, please avoid using the word ‘research’ and ‘study’ in your full proposal. While proposals may involve human subjects or the collection and analysis of information, biospecimens or records from human subjects, the primary objective should not be human subject research (e.g. clinical trials). For more information on non-research projects, please see the guidance document “Non Research Proposal Reminder” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page. 

Full Proposal Document

Your full proposal document should be in English and should not exceed 5 pages of single spaced text in 12-point font with normal margins. Proposed projects should focus on pathogen discovery and/or surveillance for emerging pathogens; namely, identification and/or monitoring of genetic diversity and evolution of endemic or emerging pathogens in-country. The proposal should include the following sections:

  • Project title
  • Abstract (250 words or less)
  • Background and significance
  • Preliminary investigations (if applicable)
  • Problem identification and definition
  • Justification
  • Goals and objectives (state goals in terms of public health purpose of the project)
  • Design and methods (include: investigation design; studied population; details of diagnostic and discovery testing procedures; procedures related to data and/or specimen collection and data and/or specimen quality assurance; information on collaborating partners; etc.)
  • Interpretation and analysis plan (include: description of data collected; key table shells that show data organization; plans for tabulation, coding, and cleaning data; how data will be analyzed; etc.)
  • Reporting/dissemination plan for findings (include: description of planned reports; how findings will be disseminated; how you will communicate findings to partners; etc.)
  • Additional sections that will not be counted towards the 5-page limit:
    • Literature cited (start from new page; not counted in the 5-page limit)
    • Detailed budget along with justification narrative that covers a period not exceeding 7 months (not counted in the 5-page limit; use January 2022 as expected starting month; see template “Budget” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page). See also Budget and Timeline section below.
    • Detailed project timeline (not counted in the 5-page limit; see template “Timeline” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page)

For additional information about the individual components usually included in a full proposal, please refer to the example reference document “Development of a Small Grant Proposal for a NON-RESEARCH Project” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page. A sample full proposal document has also been made available for your reference.

Budget and Timeline

The maximum budget for this grant is US $10,000. Please provide a detailed budget with justification for how the funds will be used and a detailed timeline for your project (see templates “Budget” and “Timeline” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page). Abbott guidelines pertaining to allowable expenses will be applicable for these awards. Funding will not be provided for: Principal Investigator/applicant stipends, books, subscriptions, graduate student support or tuition remission. The project’s budget must not include other/multiple funding sources.

Note that you may request in-kind support (not funding) for certain costs that include the following: Consumables related specimen collection/shipping/storage; Diagnostic testing or test kits; and/or International shipping of specimens for testing at an APDC site. If requesting support for these items or others not listed here, in your proposal you must specify and include a detailed description of what is needed including the rationale, need and number of specific items needed (e.g. number of specimen containers, test kits etc.).

Additional Requirements

In addition to the full proposal document, the following materials are required for your submission to be considered complete:

  • A one-page summary of your proposal (not to exceed one page of single spaced text in 12-point font with normal margins) with the following sections:
    • Project title
    • Project leader (the applicant) and collaborators or significant participants
    • Source of request (e.g. the divisions/departments within the Ministry of Health that are supporting the field investigation)
    • The pathogen discovery activity/activities (i.e. description of your project)
    • Goal and main objectives (stated as public health purpose of the project)
    • Details of diagnostic and discovery testing procedures
    • Data and human subject involvement (describe type and source of data collected)
    • Reporting (i.e. what do you expect to report and to whom)
  • Your latest curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A narrative description of your current position (to be submitted as a separate document).
  • NIH-type biographical sketches for significant participants (see template “Biosketch” that has been made available in the "Required Documents and Templates" section on the right side of this page).
  • The abstract page(s) from all ongoing funded and pending project proposals that the PI (i.e. applicant) is undertaking, if any.
  • Letters of support from all collaborating institutions/agencies (e.g. FETP program, APDC investigator(s), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), hospitals, laboratories etc.) If you do not currently have an affiliation, please try to enlist a current APDC site as a collaborator; name and contact of PIs can be shared on request.
  • Evidence that you have applied for IRB (HRPP) approval at the same time as submitting your full proposal (e.g., documentation of HRPP # for pending review of the project). You do not need to submit evidence that you have received local IRB approval – at this time you’re only required to submit evidence that you have applied for local IRB approval. If your full proposal is selected for a grant award, then you will be required to provide evidence that you have received local IRB approval before you can receive the grant award.

Important Considerations

Data Use Agreements

Prior to submitting the full proposal, applicants must verify that the data variables they plan to collect are indeed feasible to collect and can be included in the proposed analyses (e.g. test results, risk factors, etc.).

Specimens export

Where feasible, collaboration with facilities in neighboring countries may be considered. If a project involves specimens/specimen banks and the applicant is located in a country without an APDC site, applicants must demonstrate that their FETP and/or collaborating institution(s) have the necessary permissions, approvals and ability to store and export specimens under safe and appropriate shipping conditions to a testing site in a neighboring country or region.

Overall Evaluation Criteria

Since your proposals will be reviewed by international reviewers please describe any system, data source, abbreviation, etc. that may not be familiar to those outside your own country (e.g. how a boda boda driver system is set up, structure of healthcare system, specimen or data sources, etc.).

Your proposals should be succinct and written in English. Proposals will be subject to both scientific and programmatic review. The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals for funding consideration:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • Scientific rigor and quality
  • Feasibility of project starting on time and being completed in the indicated timeframe (not to exceed 7 months)
  • Probability that the work will yield important information and will have lasting public health impact
  • Qualifications of the Principal Investigator (i.e. the applicant) and collaborators
  • Indication of a strong mentoring system: subject matter expert/mentor in relevant subject area from either your local FETP, local Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, APDC site, school of public health, and/or other relevant institutions
  • Use of new or innovative methodologies or technologies

Presentations/Publications

Small grant awardees are strongly encouraged to publish their findings in scholarly peer‐reviewed journals and present their research at professional gatherings (e.g. meetings, conferences, seminars, etc.). At the completion of the project, it’s recommended that a draft manuscript is submitted to TEPHINET and Abbott for further consideration. Any abstracts, publications, papers, and presentations resulting from project activities must cite contributing source(s) of funding and/or technical support received through this award (information available from your point of contact at TEPHINET). Please notify TEPHINET when you publish or present your work.