Now Accepting Letters of Intent for the 2022-2023 South Caucasus Small Grants Program in Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

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We are pleased to announce the opportunity for interested candidates to submit brief Letters of Intent (LOIs) for project proposals for the South Caucasus Small Grants Program related to the topic area of “Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

Small grants will be awarded for non-research investigations focused on surveillance, program evaluation, or public health activities. More information about non-research criteria can be found in the Non-Research Proposal Reminder document provided in the "Required Documents" section to the left of the page.

Small grants awarded under this program will be approximately US$5,000 and are funded through the generous support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) South Caucasus Office (SCO). Please note that final awards may be less than the maximum amount of US$5,000. All grant awards are contingent upon receipt of funding from the associated donor(s). This announcement does not make any implicit or explicit guarantee of awards for LOIs/proposals submitted. Additional support may also be provided for the Principal Investigator’s (PI's) travel to present their work at national, regional, or international workshops/ conferences. Such travel support would be in addition to the grant award but will require prior approval from TEPHINET.

The implementation period for all projects proposed under the South Caucasus Small Grants Program 2022-2023 will be a maximum of 8 months, to be initiated and completed during the period January 1 to August 31, 2023. Applicants must be mindful of this limited timeline as they develop their proposals.

Applications must be submitted by 11:45 pm Atlanta/ET, September 30th, 2022.

Who Can Apply? 

  • Only applicants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine who are either current trainees or have graduated within the past two years from the South Caucasus advanced or intermediate Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (SC-FELTP) and graduates from Frontline FETP are eligible to apply. Those who graduated before August 2020 are not eligible.
  • Candidates awarded in previous years are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • Applicants should preferably identify an in-country subject matter expert (SME) at their ministry of health, academic institution, or public-private partnership who will serve as the PI’s in-country mentor for the duration of the grant-funded project. The CDC SCO may be able to help participants identify local/in-country mentor(s) if applicants are unable to do so. 

Application Guidance

Applicants are restricted to submitting up to two (2) Letters of Interest (LOIs) for projects related to “Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases”. If two LOIs are submitted, they must encompass two distinct focus areas or activities. If an applicant submits two LOIs, only one selected application will be awarded. More than two LOI submissions by the same applicant will result in disqualification.

Proposed projects should focus on: 

  • Piloting a surveillance system; or
  • Public health program activity; or
  • Evaluating a surveillance system; or
  • Analyzing surveillance or related data; or
  • Implementing and evaluating prevention efforts; or
  • Evaluation of public health programs such as immunization programs; or
  • Evaluation of Infection prevention and control (IPC) practices

Guidance for project focus area(s) – “Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases”:

The CDC SCO aims to support mentored, well-defined small grants through TEPHINET for graduates of SC-FELTP to collate, analyze, synthesize, interpret, and use epidemiologic data to inform activities relevant to advancing global health security. Epidemiologic data is essential to a country’s national infectious disease control planning efforts. Such data informs the infectious disease control plan, supports the identification of resource needs, level of readiness, and prioritization of implementation strategies, and helps a country understand whether implemented programs are having the desired impact.

CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority in order to:

  • Prevent and reduce the likelihood of outbreaks;
  • detect threats early to save lives;
  • respond rapidly and effectively using multi-sectoral international coordination and communication; and
  • Encourage the use of data for evidence-based policymaking via data analysis and interpretation.

With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, CDC encourages applicants to consider the secondary impact of COVID-19 on both communicable and non-communicable diseases and the gaps identified in national public health systems for their project proposals.