Funding Opportunities

3-20-2020 UPDATE: Thank you to all who submitted proposals for the 3rd Annual Call for Training Grants! The deadline for submission was March 18th, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST. The call has closed for 2020 and we will reach out individually to those from whom we need institutional signatures. We will be organizing the review in the coming weeks, with results to be announced in spring. if you have questions anytime, please send us a note at

3-12-2020 UPDATE: Due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, we understand that some of your campus operations may be affected. Therefore, we are updating our requirements for PacVec Training Grants to allow submission of the signature page after the deadline. This does not change the original deadline for the proposals, so please submit all other pages, including the cover page and all requested documents by the deadline, March 18th, 2020, at 11:59PM PDT. For those who submit proposals by the deadline without institutional signatures, we will follow up with you to obtain your official signature page.

Call for Training Grant Proposals

Closed for 2020

Application Deadline (now closed): 
March 18, 2020 by 11:59 pm PST

The 2020 Call for Training Grant Proposals has now closed. Thank you to those who submitted proposals. Announcements of new awards will be made in Spring 2020. The 2020 call will remain below as information for those who would like to consider applying to our next annual call that will be released in January 2021.

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.

Award Amount: 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 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021. 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.

Eligibility: 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.

Budget Restrictions: 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.

Indirect Costs: 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.

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

[Download 2020 Call here]


Download required application documents on our website.

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

[Download cover page template here]

2. 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.

[Download PI biosketch template here]
[Download student or post-doc biosketch template here]

+ 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.

3. Signature Page: 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.

[Download signature page template here]

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.