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Additional information and NIH contacts (Christine Jessup and Irene Eckstrand) can be found at:

Additional information and USDA contact (Peter Johnson) can be found at:

This revision adds the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a funding entity.

This revision substantially alters the scope of projects eligible as US-UK Collaborative Projects. These projects must be ResearchCoordination Networks. Projects concerning vector-borne disease (including vector biology) and/or antimicrobial resistance areparticularly encouraged. See details in the program announcement in the section titled "US-UK Collaborative Projects."

This revision adds a request for collaborative projects between U.S. scientists and scientists in Israel through a joint effort of theU.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the U.S.D.A. National Institute of Food and Agricultureand the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Multinational collaborative projects between U.S., U.K. and Israel scientists arealso welcome. See details in the program announcement in the sections titled "US-Israel Collaborative Projects" and "US-UK-IsraelCollaborative Projects."

BIO has posted revised Guidance on Data Management plans (updated 2/20/13).  Please review before submitting a proposal to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.  

Samuel M. Scheiner, (703) 292-7175

Deborah Winslow, (703) 292-7315

Solicitation 14-592

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  November 18, 2015

Third Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter

The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of transmission among humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of reservoir species or hosts; the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of disease transmission. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, or enteric diseases of either terrestrial or freshwater systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, modelers, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, epidemiologists, entomologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.

Ecology of Infectious Disease Grants Awarded by NSF, NIH, ESRC and BBSRC
A Special Report: Ecology of Infectious Diseases
NIH Awards

Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)



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