Home Grants and Funding Opportunities Call for Proposals: 2021-2022 Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Fund


TEPHINET announces the opportunity to submit full proposals for the Sara Lowther Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Memorial Fund. Infectious disease prevention and training future public health leaders were causes important to Dr. Lowther throughout her career. The Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Fund will support an award for a FETP fellow or recent graduate to conduct a project that makes significant contributions to infectious disease prevention and control in their home country.

The Sara Lowther FETP Memorial Fund small grants are awarded for a maximum of $1,000 (USD) and are funded through the generous support of the CDC Foundation and donations from Dr. Lowther’s family, friends, and colleagues. The award is being implemented in collaboration with CDC’s Workforce and Institute Development Branch.

All projects proposed for the 2021-2022 cycle of the Small Grants Program must be initiated and completed during the period of January 10, 2022 to August 31, 2022. The project must not involve other funders, and its budget should not exceed U.S. $1,000. Additionally, the project must be ready to start on January 10, 2022, with all necessary project approvals and related needs in place by that time.

Applicants are restricted to submitting one proposal. Multiple entries will result in disqualification.

When and how to apply

Please complete the full proposal application at this link by 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time on November 30, 2021.

Note: You must be logged into the TEPHINET website in order to access the application form.

Who can apply

  • Current FETP residents/trainees (intermediate or advanced) who have not previously received a TEPHINET small grant in any subject area and do not have another TEPHINET small grant in progress.
    • Residents/trainees who may graduate during the application or implementation period (i.e., during November 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022) can apply with the support of their FETP director.
  • The applicant (i.e., resident/trainee) must be the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • The applicant MUST identify an in-country subject matter expert (SME) at their ministry of health, academic institution, or public-private partnership who will serve as their in-country mentor for the duration of the grant-funded project. Applications that do not identify an in-country mentor will not be considered.

Priority will be given to:

  • Residents/trainees of the 2-year advanced FETPs from low- and lower-middle income countries (as per World Bank categorization).
  • Residents/trainees of FETPs with U.S. CDC Resident Advisors (RAs).
  • Residents/trainees who can demonstrate the ability to begin the project at the time the award is made and that the project’s scope can be successfully completed within 7 to 8 months.
  • Residents/trainees whose projects use innovative methodology or technologies.

Proposed projects should focus on:

  • Piloting or evaluating an infectious disease surveillance system; or
  • Analyzing and interpreting infectious disease data to provide prevention and control recommendations; or
  • Implementing and evaluating infectious disease prevention and control efforts.


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