TEPHINET and the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition Offer New FETP Fellowship Opportunity

TEPHINET has recently partnered with the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition (APDC) to offer a new small grant opportunity focused on strengthening Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) epi-laboratory capacity and skillsets for FETP trainees and graduates. The APDC FETP Fellowship works to further the mission of the FETP enterprise and offers continuous learning opportunities for epidemiologists, with an emphasis on surveillance of evolving and/or emerging infectious diseases including COVID-19, HIV, malaria, hepatitis, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and arboviruses.

APDC is a first-of-its-kind global scientific and public health partnership created by Abbott in March, 2021 dedicated to the early detection of, and rapid response to, future pandemic threats. The collaborative initiative aims to connect global centers of excellence in laboratory testing, genetic sequencing and public health research to identify new pathogens, analyze potential risk level, rapidly develop and deploy new diagnostic testing, and assess public health impact in real time. The coalition builds upon decades of Abbott’s virus surveillance initiatives, including its Global Viral Surveillance Program, which has enabled researchers to monitor emergence of new viral strains and analyze virus samples for mutation and variants.

Through this partnership, TEPHINET hopes to:

  • Improve and sustain in-country and regional surveillance and diagnostic laboratory capacity that supports early detection of, and rapid response to, future pandemic threats;
  • Expand technical professional development opportunities to FETP trainees and graduates with a focus on bridging epidemiology and laboratory science;
  • Increase and strengthen collaboration among global FETPs, regional laboratory networks, academic, research and public health institutions, and
  • Strengthen epidemiology and diagnostic laboratory capacity in supported countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed emphasis on infectious disease outbreaks and the critical need for pathogenic surveillance and accurate diagnosis in order to mobilize a rapid and robust public health response on a local, regional and international scale; the APDC FETP Fellowship will contribute to TEPHINET’s goal of strengthening the global field epidemiology workforce so that countries will be better positioned to effectively detect, respond to, and control infectious disease threats and other major public health issues.

More information and how to apply

APDC FETP Fellowship small grants are awarded for a maximum of US$10,000 and are funded through the generous support of Abbott.  All projects proposed for the 2021-2022 cycle of the APDC FETP Fellowship must be initiated and completed during the period of January 15th, 2022 to August 31st, 2022.  

When to apply

The deadline to submit LOIs is 11:45 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 18, 2021. All individuals interested in submitting a project proposal for funding under this small grants program must first submit an LOI. Applicants are restricted to submitting one LOI. Multiple entries will result in disqualification. All grant awards are contingent upon receipt of funding from associated donors. This announcement does not implicitly or explicitly guarantee awards for submitted LOIs. 

Who can apply

  • Current FETP residents/trainees (intermediate or advanced level) who do not have another TEPHINET small grant in progress.
  • Recent graduates within 2 years of their graduation can apply with the support of their FETP program director.
  • The applicant (i.e. resident/trainee/graduate) must be the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • The applicant  MUST identify an in-country subject matter expert (SME) at their ministry of health (MOH), APDC site, NPHI, academic institution, or public-private partnership who will serve as their in-country primary mentor for the duration of the grant-funded project. Abbott may assist in identifying and linking applicants to appropriate mentors. Applications that do not identify an in-country mentor will not be considered.
  • The applicant MUST identify which institution and/or laboratory network(s) they will conduct their proposed project with, and ensure that their host country MOH is amenable to their participation in this program. APDC member institutions are recommended to serve in this capacity.

How to apply

For complete application guidelines and instructions, please visit this page

For additional questions about this opportunity or about the TEPHINET Small Grants Program, please contact sgp [at] tephinet [dot] org.