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 IDSA Education and Research Foundation

Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development

Deadline: November 7, 2017

This award provides funding for outstanding research in vaccine development, either through clinical or laboratory investigation. The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to vaccinology as a career, and must be conducting research or working in a recognized and accredited US institution of higher learning or in a government agency.

Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should have completed an accredited infectious diseases fellowship within the last four years.


Award Amount: (1) Two-year award of $60,000 ($30,000 a year for two years)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants and their sponsors must be members of IDSA for 2017.
  • Young Investigator Awards are for junior faculty members only.
  • Candidates for Young Investigator Awards must have a medical or equivalent doctoral level degree, and should have completed an accredited infectious diseases fellowship within the last four years.
  • Candidates must be assured of a faculty position at a U.S. institution.
  • Selection of awardees includes consideration of each applicant’s commitment to:
    • clinical and laboratory investigation
    • the research program envisioned by the applicant
    • creativity, originality, and excellence in prior performance
  • Priority will be given to qualified investigators without active grant support.
  • Researchers with R01 grants are not eligible for Young Investigator Awards, but those with K grants may apply.

Please note: The Sunshine Act requires that Pfizer report any direct/indirect funding to US licensed physicians. Award winners of the Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development will be included in Pfizer’s mandatory reporting to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Reporting Requirements

If selected for the IDSA ERF Pfizer Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development, the recipient must:

  • Submit a two-page, single-spaced report at the conclusion of the award. Young investigators who receive two-year awards will be required to submit a one-page, single-spaced progress report at 12 months. Failure to do so will result in the delay or discontinuation of the award. A manuscript submitted for publication in scientific, peer-reviewed journal, resulting from work accomplished during this fellowship, may be submitted in lieu of the final report.
  • All publications under the award must explicitly state that the awardees’ work has been performed as a Young Investigator Award recipient of IDSA ERF. Acknowledgement must also be given to the sponsor supporting the award.

 Application Documentation


Complete Application Must Include the Following:

1. Applicant Letter
The applicant’s letter should outline the research proposal or summarize the research to be
undertaken for the award period. The summary should state the applicant’s career goals and how this
project fits into those goals. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced, typed pages; the font should not be smaller than 12 point; the letter should be attached to the application. 

2. Sponsor Letter
The sponsor letter should detail the applicant's qualifications. The sponsor must be a current IDSA or NFID member. 

3. Department Chair or Division Chief Letter
The letter should document the applicant's responsibilities at the institution, institutional commitment to the candidate for the next two years, and future plans for the applicant. The letter should be one page only. 

4. Research Proposal
The proposal should be a maximum of five pages with no appendices;font size should not be smaller than 12 point. References, graphs, and charts can be attached at the end of the proposal and will not count toward the five-page maximum. Abstracts are not required, but if included will count toward the five-page maximum.

5. Budget Itemization
Please include a brief list of your planned cost distribution with your application. Indirect costs are prohibited.  

6. Reporting Requirements for Other Support --Applies to Young Investigator Awards Only
The application should itemize all other funds or resources-whether federal, non-federal, orinstitutional-available to the principle investigator or program director indirect support of the research endeavors. All currently active financial support and all applications and proposals pending review or award (whether related to this application or not) must be disclosed. If the support is part of a larger project, the principal investigator or program director should be identified, and the data for the relevant subproject(s) should be provided.

7. Curriculum Vitae
The following should be included in the applicant's curriculum vitae:
1.           Date/Place of birth
    2.           Education (schools, dates, and degrees earned)
    3.           Residency (department and dates)
    4.           Other training
    5.           Chronological listing of employment experience and honors
    6.           Titles, authors, and complete references to all publications during the past three years 


 8. Bibliography



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