PIDS Health Disparities Fellowship Award

The PIDS Health Disparities Fellowship Award – supported by Sanofi Pasteur – provides funds to trainees in an accredited pediatric infectious diseases fellowship program. The objective of the fellowship award is to advance research that focuses on addressing and eliminating health disparities related to pediatric infectious diseases. The award will provide $50,000 each year of the two year-award.

Research proposals must be related to understanding the causes of disparities or testing interventions intended to eliminate them. They may focus on:

  • pathophysiology
  • epidemiology
  • prevention
  • diagnosis
  • patient access to or quality of care
  • treatment
  • patient outcomes of an infectious disease or associated with a health difference that is closely linked with economic, social or environmental disadvantage

Eligibility

  • Candidates must possess a MD or MD/PhD or equivalent and be at least a first-year fellow in a Pediatric Infectious Diseases program in North America at the time of application.
  • During the fellowship award period, the applicant is expected to devote the majority of their effort (approximately 75%) to conducting the research project under the direct supervision of a mentor.
  • The mentor must be a PIDS member in good standing. Co-mentorship by a non-PIDS member is allowed.

Support

  • The award provides $50,000 in total costs per year for 2 years, with the 2nd year of support dependent upon satisfactory research progress.
  • If the award is given to a candidate in their final year of fellowship, extension of the 2-year funding period into the first year as faculty will be allowed.
  • The award may be used at the discretion of the applicant, such as salary support, purchase of small equipment, technical support, or research supplies. Indirect costs are not permitted.

Application and Selection Process

All applications from eligible candidates will be reviewed by Fellowship Awards Committee with the intent to make funding decisions by June 1, 2022. Public announcement of the awardees will be made at IDWeek in October 2022.

Applications for these awards must include the following items (please see following paragraphs for additional instructions):

  1. Completed application form (attached)
  2. Applicant’s biosketch in current NIH format (5-page limit)
  3. Mentor’s biosketch in current NIH format (5-page limit)
  4. Personal statement from the applicant
  5. Research proposal (5-page limit, including the statement of overall hypothesis and specific aims and not including references)
  6. Letter of support from the applicant’s division director or fellowship program director
  7. Letter of support from the prospective research mentor, which should include a detailed career development plan for the applicant
  8. Letter of support from an additional individual who can comment on the applicant’s potential for success

This application form and all other components of the application (see list below) should be submitted through the online portal by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Additional Instructions

Personal Statement: The personal statement from the applicant should include a summary of career goals, reasons for applying for a fellowship award, and career development plans for the award period.

Research Proposal: The primary hypothesis of the research proposal and specific aims designed to address that hypothesis should be described clearly and concisely. The applicant should summarize the significance of the proposed research, relevant background information, and any available preliminary data. The experimental methods to be employed and plans for statistical analysis, including consideration for sample size (e.g., power analysis), should be described in detail. Implications and possible applications of results of the proposed project to the care of children should be discussed.

  • Use Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface and a font size of 11 points or larger. Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Type may be no more than six lines per inch.
  • Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages.

Division Director Letter: The statement from the applicant’s division director or fellowship program director should summarize the applicant’s qualifications and potential for success and provide support for the applicant’s choice of research mentor and research project. This statement should also document the division’s commitment to preserve the appropriate amount of protected time for the fellow to conduct research during the award period.

Mentor Letter: The letter of support from the research mentor(s) should include a brief description of the current projects in their research program, a list of current research personnel, a summary of the applicant’s proposed research project, and documentation of the commitment to directly supervise the fellow. The mentor should also describe in detail a specific plan to foster the applicant’s career as a physician-scientist during their fellowship.

Progress Report

Recipients of the PIDS Health Disparities Fellowship Award must prepare a progress report at the end of each year of support. The report should summarize experimental results, indicate problems encountered, and detail any alterations in the original protocol. In addition, the report should include a list of publications, pending publications, and presentations at scientific meetings.

Reports should be submitted by May 1 to the attention of Christy Phillips in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society office (PIDS Headquarters, 4040 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203 or PIDS@idsociety.org). 

Final Report

At the completion of the award period, awardees must generate a final progress report summarizing their accomplishments. The report should be sent to Christy Phillips in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society office by August 1 following expiration of the award.

Awardees will be asked to complete periodic follow-up surveys from PIDS to assess long-term outcomes of the award mechanism.

Acknowledgement

Recipients of the PIDS Health Disparities Fellowship Award must acknowledge the program in all publications that result from the research supported by the award.

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