Fellowship and Research Awards

PIDS Awards

The PIDS Foundation is pleased to offer annual fellowship and research awards to fellows and faculty. 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.

The PIDS Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 cycle for fellowship and research awards.

New for 2022 – a single application process for both the Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award and the St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award in Basic and Translational Science. The application process for the awards will proceed as follows:

  • All applications from candidates eligible for the St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award (focused on basic or translational research) will be reviewed by the St. Jude Review Committee in an initial round of review.
  • All applications, including those not selected for the St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award, will then be reviewed by the Fellowship Awards Committee to be considered for the Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Awards.
  • Applicants will learn about funding decisions by June 1, 2022, with awardee announcements made at IDWeek in October 2022.

Please contact PIDS Headquarters (pids@idsociety.org) with any questions or requests for additional information.

Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award – St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award

Deadline April 1, 2022

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is now accepting applications for the 2022 cycle for two awards: the Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award and the St. Jude-PIDS Fellowship Award in Basic and Translational Science.

 The goal of these two programs is to foster the development of highly trained physician-scientists in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Applicants are encouraged to pursue opportunities to conduct cutting-edge clinical, translational, and basic science research in fields such as public health, epidemiology, clinical trials of antimicrobials, outcomes research, pharmacokinetics, pathophysiology, molecular pathogenesis, vaccine development, and other fields relevant to Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

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.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award

Deadline TBA

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).

PIDS Summer Research Scholars Award (SUMMERS)

Deadline March 21, 2022

The PIDS Summer Research Scholars Award (SUMMERS), established in 2021 through the support of Sanofi Pasteur, promotes careers in pediatric infectious diseases by funding summer research projects of students at various levels of training. The award is intended to support scholarship in pediatric infectious diseases broadly, including basic science, translational, clinical, epidemiology, and quality improvement research. Given the brevity of the summer research experience, focused studies or well-defined contributions to larger research projects will be most successful.

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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