Predicting future pandemics to protect our health, communities and economy

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Social, behavioral and economic science researchers are encouraged to submit proposals.


June 4, 2021

Predicting and preventing pandemics that have not yet happened is the focus of a new funding opportunity from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Researchers from a broad range of scientific disciplines — including those in the social, behavioral and economic sciences — are invited to submit proposals to develop multidisciplinary research centers that can address the complex challenges involved in forecasting and avoiding future pandemic-scale outbreaks.

The Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention initiative is aimed at better understanding the dynamic nature of pathogen and disease emergence, a continuing risk to our national security, health and economic stability. The first phase of the initiative provides support for development grants that identify major challenges involved in predicting and preventing pandemics and how those challenges could be overcome through the creation of multidisciplinary research centers. The initiative builds on a series of workshops held earlier this year.

Phase one proposals are due on Oct. 1, 2021. A phase two solicitation for research center proposals is expected to be released in 2023.

An informational webinar will be held on July 13. Visit NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention webinar.

For additional information and the full proposal solicitation, visit Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention Phase I: Development Grants (PIPP Phase I).

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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