NIAID supports early-career researchers in emerging infectious diseases

NIAID Now | November 17, 2021

The CREID Network conducts in-depth research into the appearance and transmission of emerging infectious diseases.

Credit: NIAID

NIAID launched the Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases Network (CREID Network) in August 2020. The network’s ten research centers are situated around the globe and, along with a coordinating center, conduct in-depth research into the emergence and transmission of emerging infectious diseases. The knowledge generated by CREID researchers could help public health officials rapidly respond in the event that an emerging disease becomes a heath crisis. One key component of the CREID Network is the Pilot Research Program, which provides financial support and mentorship opportunities to early-career researchers. The program focuses on training the next generation of emerging infectious disease researchers to build expertise and research capacity around the world.

The CREID Network Pilot Research Program is designed for researchers who are in the early stages of their careers, including applicants from lower- and middle-income countries. The program goes beyond monetary support to provide comprehensive mentoring and skill-building activities. In addition to funding for up to $150,000 towards their research project, each awardee is affiliated with a CREID Research Center and has a mentor who can provide opportunities to discuss their research ideas and receive critical feedback. Mentors can also provide connections to other researchers working on complementary projects and help the pilot awardee develop their professional network. The program will also include formal training that will help awardees with the skills necessary to design, implement, and assess their research projects. In addition to the formal mentoring and training, the program participants can share information and engage in peer-to-peer mentoring within their own cohort. A CREID network annual meeting will provide further opportunities for awardees to learn, network, and present their research. 

The first six CREID pilot program awards were announced in May. More detail about the awardees’ research projects can be found here:  The CREID Network Coordinating Center is currently seeking applications for the second round of the Pilot Research Program. Interested applicants are encouraged to watch the informational webinar and email with questions. 

2021 Pilot Program Awards: 

•    Issa Abu-Dayyeh, PhD, Biolab Diagnostic Laboratories
Award Title: Development of a Real-Time Pathogen Surveillance System in Jordan
Collaborating Research Center: West African Research Network for Infectious Diseases (WARN-ID)
Pathogen: SARS-CoV-2
Country: Jordan

•    Daniel Aguiar, DVM, PhD, Federal University of Mato Grosso
Award Title: Revealing Vector Species with Potential to Mediate Pathogen Spillover from Wildlife to Livestock in the Pantanal
Collaborating Research Center: Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (CREATE-NEO)
Pathogen: Arboviruses
Country: Brazil

•    Nguyen Van Cuong, DVM, PhD, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
Award Title: Mixed-Species Farming, Viral Diversity, and Risks of Cross-Species Transmission in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam
Collaborating Research Center: The Emerging Infectious Diseases – South East Asia Research Collaboration Hub (EID-SEARCH)
Pathogen: Zoonoses, Coronavirus, Paramyxovirus
Country: Vietnam

•    Betânia Drumond, PhD, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Award Title: Investigation of the Spatiotemporal Dynamics and Ecological Drivers of Enzootic Arboviruses Circulation in Non-human Primates in Minas Gerais State/Southeast Brazil
Collaborating Research Center: Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (CREATE-NEO)
Pathogen: Yellow Fever and Mayaro Viruses
Country: Brazil

•    Bonnie Gunn, PhD, Washington State University; and Robert Langat, University of Nairobi 
Award Title: Defining Antiviral Humoral Immunity Against SARS-CoV-2 in Kenya  
Collaborating Research Center: Center for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases-East and Central Africa (CREID-ECA)
Pathogen: SARS-CoV-2
Country: Kenya

•    Janin Nouhin, PhD, Pasteur Institute of Cambodia 
Award Title: Hantavirus Detection and Characterization in Rodents and Human Seroprevalence Study in Cambodia
Collaborating Research Center: Pasteur International Center for Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases (PICREID)
Pathogen: Hantavirus
Country: Cambodia

For more information about the CREID network, visit

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