Pilot Research Support from the IDII

IDIIThe Infectious Diseases & Immunology Institute (IDII) at Case Western Reserve University will provide seed money to young faculty to foster interdisciplinary research in infectious diseases and immunology. Investigators in the basic science and clinical departments in the School of Medicine and Hospital System as well as in other departments throughout the University are eligible. Grants, not to exceed $10,000 direct costs each, will be awarded to young investigators who intend to gather preliminary data to be used in seeking future independently funded awards. Research activity and themes should be multidisciplinary and involve investigators across the IDII. In the first year of funding, up to four grants will be awarded.


The grant period will be for one year. Post-doctoral fellows, residents, graduate students and research associates are not eligible to apply for these research grants, but may be an integral part of a proposal made by a Faculty member. The subject of the proposed research must be directly related to the mission of the IDII. The mission of the IDII is to conduct basic, translational, epidemiological and clinical research of the molecular biology, immunology, evolution and population dynamics of microbial pathogens and associated host responses, as well as broader aspects of immunology and microbiology, and to promote the delivery of the highest quality care of infectious diseases to be linked to the research enterprise.

The Principal Investigator must be a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, but need not be a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine or the Department of Pathology. Funding will be awarded to young investigators (within 5 years of faculty appointment).

Funds may be used for research supplies, animal maintenance, technical assistance, cost of computer time, special fees such as pathology, photography, etc., or equipment costing less than $2,000. Laboratory supplies should be itemized by category. Travel funds are limited to one (1) registration fee and travel to a related scientific meeting for the PI only. Funds may also be applied to stipends for fellows, residents, graduate students and/or postdoctoral assistants if their role is to promote and sustain the project directed by the Faculty member.

No funds will be provided for administrative personnel, office equipment and supplies, tuition, purchasing and binding of periodicals and books, dues and membership fees in scientific societies, honoraria and travel expenses for visiting lecturers, recruiting and relocation expenses, office and laboratory furniture, rental of office or laboratory space, per diem charges for hospital beds, non- medical or personnel services to patients, construction or building maintenance, or major alterations. Funds may not be used for salary support for the Principal Investigator.

Application with Instructions (.doc - 124KB)