Fellowship and Research Awards

PIDS Awards

The PIDS Foundation is pleased to offer fellowship and research awards to fellows and faculty annually. The goal of the PIDS award program is to increase the pool of highly trained pediatric infectious disease clinical scientists and to stimulate scholarly basic, translational, and clinical research in areas pertinent to Pediatric Infectious Diseases including innovative research to improve or develop new vaccines and immunotherapeutics for children.

Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award

Deadline April 1, 2021

Established through the generosity of Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur, this fellowship award supports outstanding basic, translational, or clinical research in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The two-year grants are available for PID fellows-in-training enrolled in certified US and Canadian programs. The award provides $50,000 in total costs per year for 2 years, with the 2nd year of support dependent upon satisfactory research progress. The award may be used at the discretion of the applicant, such as salary support, purchase of small equipment, technical support, or research supplies. Detailed award application instructions can be found here.

Pichichero Family Foundation Vaccines for Children Initiative Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Open to Fellows and Faculty

Established in 2016 through the generosity of the Pichichero Family Foundation, the Vaccines for Children Initiative research award program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases seek to encourage increased innovative research to improve or develop new vaccines and immunotherapeutics for children.

PIDS Foundation Announces the Revamped RFA for the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Have you recently submitted an NIH or CDC award that just missed the payline? If so, the Pichichero Family Foundation Research Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases may be a great way to build the additional data you need to launch a new area of investigation.

“Having been a grant-funded investigator for many years and serving on multiple study sections, I know firsthand how challenging the grant process is,” said Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director, Research Institute, Rochester General Hospital.  The Pichichero Family Foundation seeks to stand in the gap that often exists between NIH paylines and good science that narrowly misses the mark by providing research grants to well deserving proposals. Beginning November 1, the PIDS Foundation will review repurposed NIH and CDC grants, with study section comments, on a rolling basis. Proposals that were reviewed favorably, but fell below the payline, will be eligible for funding.

“It is our hope that through the generous contributions of the Pichichero Family Foundation, we can help launch both young investigators’ careers and more seasoned investigators’ new areas of research,” said Dr. Buddy Creech, Chair of the PIDS Research Committee and President-Elect of PIDS.

PIDS-St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Fellowship Award in Basic and Translational Science

Deadline April 1, 2021

Funded by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and jointly sponsored by PIDS and St. Jude, the goal of this program is to develop an enhanced cadre of physician-scientists who are trained to conduct rigorous, high-quality, basic or translational studies in the field of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award

June 28, 2021

The goal of this training award is to support the development of future researchers in pediatric antimicrobial stewardship by providing mentorship to complete a scholarly research project in a timely manner during clinical or research training. Applicants may propose a research study that focuses on any aspect of antimicrobial stewardship. The project should be able to be completed in one year, and the award will provide travel funds for awardees to present their work at the annual Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference in St. Louis in June of 2022. Applicants wishing to discuss a project proposal pre-submission may email pids@idsociety.org.  Application is open to trainees in any discipline, provided the trainee joins PIDS prior to application.  Final applications should be submitted to the PIDS Headquarters via email (pids@idsociety.org).

The National CMV Foundation Fellowship Award

The PIDS Foundation is pleased to announce an additional award opportunity as part of the PIDS Fellowship Awards Program. This additional fellowship award, which is offered in conjunction with the National CMV Foundation will support basic or clinical research focused on cytomegalovirus infection, especially congenital CMV infection. The two-year grant is available for PID fellows-in-training who are enrolled in a certified US or Canadian program. The award provides $25,000 in total costs (inclusive of 8% indirect costs) per year for 2 years, with the 2nd year dependent upon a satisfactory research progress. One award is available. The next award cycle is 2023. Feel free to contact the PIDS Headquarters office at pids@idsociety.org should you have questions or need additional information.

Past Recipients

The PIDS Fellowship Awards and PIDS-St. Jude Fellowship Awards greatly impact the fellowship experience and early faculty careers of recipients. Previous awardees report high success rates in securing future funding, a critical part of career advancement.

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