The mission of the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence (CoE) in Vector-Borne Diseases is to enhance the capacity of the southwestern United States to respond to threats from vector-borne diseases that affect human health. The mission will be achieved through a combination of research, training, and collaboration with public health and vector control agencies at all levels. The CoE is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Proposals are invited for training grants that are consistent with the CoE mission and should address themes relevant for public-health policy. Proposals should involve applied research on detection, prediction, and control of vectors or vector-borne diseases. Research on topics that are not already within the CoE research portfolio are particularly encouraged. Training grants are intended to provide career development opportunities for individuals interested in public-health-relevant research on vector-borne diseases and to enable additional research and training opportunities that will be sought from other sponsors. 

Preference will be given to projects that involve the following: (1) collaboration with public health or vector control agencies, (2) matching funds from collaborating agencies or the investigators’ institution, and (3) a clearly defined career plan in public health that would be enabled by the proposed training. 

Project budgets are limited to $25,000 per application. Awards are intended to support VBD-related research that can be completed during a project period of one year between 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022. Carryforward of funds is not permitted – any funds remaining at the end of the project period will be returned to the CoE. There is a limit of one proposal per faculty mentor, per year. 

Proposals are invited from investigators at academic institutions within the following states and territories: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and US-affiliated Pacific Islands of Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. All investigators with a faculty title and eligibility to serve as Principal Investigator status are eligible. The funding must be used to support research of the graduate student or post-doctoral trainee, and if desired, funding requests may include support for multiple graduate students and/or undergraduate assistants engaged in the proposed research. Investigators who received a training grant in the previous year are eligible to apply for additional funding, so long as the proposed work represents new research that was not within the scope of the previous proposal. Proposals from previously funded investigators should also include a 1-page description of progress and key results from the previous award (see below). Recipients must comply with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies, which are available online.  

Funding must be used exclusively to support research of graduate students, undergraduate assistants, or postdoctoral trainees; funds cannot be used for faculty or staff salaries or entertainment. Examples of allowable expenses include stipend support or tuition for a graduate student or post-doc, wages for undergraduate assistants, research supplies, animal care and use costs, related research expenses, or core facility charges. The budget must include travel funds for the primary trainee(s) to attend and present their research at the annual meeting of the CoE to be held either in Davis or Riverside, California. No subcontracts allowed. Note that prior approval will be required if the designated trainee’s status changes and there is a desire to redirect funding to a different trainee; to seek approval, the proposed new trainee(s) must submit a biosketch and career plan. 

These small grants are supported through a combination of federal flow-through funds from CDC and matching funds from the University of California, Davis. If your institution requires budgeting for indirect costs, they must be included within the annual limit of $25,000/year. 

A final report will be due 60 days after the end of the project period.  

Call for Training Grant Proposals is
CLOSED for 2021

Application Deadline:
Thursday, March 18, 2021
by 11:59 pm PDT

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Completed proposals should be submitted in PDF format with all required documents (3 separate files) in a single email to

Questions may be sent to the same email address or you may call CoE administrator Celia Chen at +1 530 754 1838.


The Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases is supported through Cooperative Agreement Number 1U01CK000649-01 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis.

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