Application Deadline:
Friday, January 19, 2024
by 11:59 pm PST

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Proposals are invited for social or behavioral research to evaluate public-health programs that aim to prevent vector-borne diseases. Proposed research projects should address one or more of the following priorities of PacVec CoE and CDC:

  • Evaluation of the impact of existing public education programs on human behaviors to prevent mosquito and/or tick bites or reduce larval mosquito habitat.
  • Evaluation of the impact public perception has on existing local government strategies for adult or larval mosquito control.
  • Investigations of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding tick control methodologies.

The overall mission of PacVec is to enhance the capacity of the southwestern United States to respond to threats from vector-borne diseases that affect human health. The mission is 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).

Early-career investigators are welcome and encouraged to apply. This grant is intended to provide a career development opportunity for investigators interested in public-health-relevant research on vector-borne diseases and to enable additional research and training opportunities that will contribute to development of the public-health workforce. Consistent with CDC’s commitment to build an inclusive STEM workforce, applications that involve investigators and trainees from under-represented populations are encouraged.

Preference will be given to projects that involve the following: (1) collaboration with public health or vector control agencies, (2) investigators’ experience with public health-related research or a clearly defined plan for expanding research in public health, (3) generalizability of anticipated research outcomes to other areas within the Pacific Southwest region.

Preference will be given to projects that involve the following: (1) opportunities for hands-on experiences that involve public health or vector control agencies, (2) matching funds from collaborating agencies or the investigators’ institution, and (3) clearly defined approaches to maximize diversity, equity, and inclusion of the proposed training activities.

Award Amount

The project budget is limited to $25,000 per application. The award is intended to support research that can be completed during a project period of one year, with an approximate start date of 3/1/2024, although the start date is negotiable at the time of award. Continued funding support in future years will be possible, contingent on research progress and funding availability. There is a limit of one proposal per principal investigator.


All investigators with a faculty title that confers principal investigator status for extramural grants are eligible to apply, including faculty at 2-year colleges such as junior/community colleges. 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. Recipients must comply with all applicable federal laws, regulations, and policies, which are available online.

Budget Restrictions

Allowable expenses include salary support for faculty or post-docs, stipend or tuition for graduate students, wages for undergraduate assistants, research supplies, related research expenses, or core facility charges. The budget must include travel funds or clearly identified matching funds that will enable the principal investigator and/or primary trainee(s) to attend and present their research at the annual meeting of PacVec to be held at one of our partner institutions within the Pacific Southwest region. No subcontracts allowed. Note that prior approval will be required for any changes to budgets of scope of work. 

Indirect Costs

This grant is supported through federal flow-through funds from CDC. If your institution requires budgeting for indirect costs, they must be included within the $25,000 limit.


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

Application Requirements

To apply, please complete the application items listed on page 2 of the call. Completed proposals should be submitted in PDF format with all required documents (3 separate files) in a single email to Download the call to learn about application requirements.

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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 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, Davis.

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