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
OPEN for 2021

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


Our center offers training that is 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.


Complete the PDF form and do not combine Cover Page with other proposal documents.


Submit the following, combined into a single PDF file. For all documents, fonts should be no smaller than 11 pt, with 0.5 inch margins.

  • Results of Prior Research (previously funded investigators only; 1-page limit): Describe key findings and any other relevant progress or publications supported by your previous PacVec training grant.

  • Project Narrative (2-page limit plus 1 page for references): State your hypothesis, specific aims, significance of the research, and research approach. References may be included on 1 additional page.

  • Budget and Budget Justification: Itemized for wages, tuition, research supplies, animal costs, core charges, etc.

  • Career Plan (1-page limit): Describe how this training grant will enable/facilitate the trainee(s) to pursue a career in public health or public health-related research.  This should include career plans for any undergraduates involved in the research if applicable.

  • Biosketches: Include biosketches following the formats provided for the PI and graduate/postdoctoral trainee(s) only.

  • Letters of Support (optional): If applicable, please provide 1-2 Letters of Support from your collaborators. This is not required, but encouraged for applications that involve collaborations outside the PI’s research group.



Signature from authorized institutional official acknowledges review of submitted proposal and agreement with the stipulations of the award outlined above. Proposals without authorized signatures will not be accepted.


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.