OVERVIEW: IDSA addresses the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world.
IP TAKE: IDSA a good funding source for young investigators working to combat some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases.
PROFILE: The leading cause of death around the globe of people under 60 is infectious disease. According to a report by Trust for America’s Health, infectious diseases cost the U.S. more than $120 billion annually. The IDSA Education and Research Foundation (IDSA ERF) is the philanthropic arm of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. It seeks to "attract the best and brightest to the field of infectious diseases, support research by promising young scientists, enhance the educational development of ID and HIV professionals, and ensure that decisions about infectious diseases issues are well-informed by science." The foundation makes grants, but also supports fellowships, mentorship, and scholarship to young investigators, fellows, scientists, and clinicians focusing on infectious diseases. While IDSA makes some awards, it largely supports research and the creation of a new generation of health professionals capable of handling harrowing infectious diseases.
It offers the IDSA ERF/NFID Research award, a joint effort between IDSA ERF and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases., to “promising young researchers” who may not be able to secure funding from other institutions.
The ASP-IDSA Young Investigator Award represents a collaboration between IDSA, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. This is a two-year, $200,000 award given to young scientist developing basic, clinical, or health services research projects focused on “a geriatric aspect of infectious diseases.” This award was not offered in 2016, and foundation has yet to announce whether or not it will be available in the future.
Lastly, the Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development, funded through a partnership between IDSA and Pfizer offers a $600,000 grant. It awards $300,000 a year for two years.
Applications for IDSA awards are deadline driven and prioritize investigators not currently receiving active grant support.
- Christopher D. Busky, Chief Executive Officer