International Society for Infectious Diseases: Grants for Science Research

OVERVIEW: International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) offers grants to young scientists researching diseases.

IP TAKE: This funder can serve as a building block to help launch the careers of young scientists and researchers.

PROFILE: The International Society for Infectious Diseases was formed in 1986 when the International Congress on Infectious Diseases and The International Federation on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases merged. ISID is composed of members from over 155 countries around the world. Its research program supports “[i]nfectious disease professionals to develop their skills, conduct groundbreaking scientific research and expand their horizons.”

The organization limits its research grants to $7,000 and supports pilot projects to help young investigators develop their careers and acquire the necessary skills and data needed to garner additional grants from other institutions in the future. ISID seeks “[i]nvestigations of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis or treatment of infectious diseases, the epidemiology and control of hospital-acquired infections, and modeling of cost-effective interventions.” ISID does not limit its investigators to these specific areas of study.

The ISID/ESCMID Fellowship is a joint program between the ISID and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). Two fellowships awarded annually provide up to $7,500 for up to three months.

The SSI/ISID Fellowship is a joint program between ISID and the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases (SSI). This is a $35,500, one-year fellowship for training and research in areas “[r]anging from basic studies of the mechanism of disease in studies in public health, epidemiology, diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccine development.”

Finally, the STEP Fellowship is a $5,000, 2-4 month fellowship that allows current infectious disease fellows to rotate at an institution outside of their country of practice.

ISID accepts applications for both its fellowships and its small grants program throughout the year. Deadlines for submissions generally fall around March and April 1 of each year.

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