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Your Support Is Important

Donations to the cWIDR from individuals and foundations play an essential part in achieving our research and training missions.

Your contribution will make a difference

Research in the cWIDR is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), foundations, voluntary health organizations, and other agencies. Generally these grants are awarded to individual investigators to support specific research projects. 

Your donations will provide for important activities that advance the cWIDR’s mission that traditional grants cannot. For example:

  • Seed Projects which obtain the important initial data on highly innovative or experimental new lines of investigation.
  • Research projects to discover new drugs designed to block development of microbial resistance.
  • Training programs that attract and support the career development of young scientists choosing careers investigating infectious diseases that afflict women.
  • Community based research and education on infectious diseases that particularly plague the St. Louis region.
  • Equipment and resources that can be shared by numerous laboratories from several departments.

Private support for research on infectious diseases that pose particular problems for women is especially vital now because government funding levels have dropped in recent years. Typically, only 7-9% of all approved NIH grant proposals are funded. While cWIDR faculty are often successful in competing for research grants, many important projects must now wait 2-3 years for funding, and some can never be undertaken. Meanwhile, as antibiotic and antiviral resistance rises, acute and chronic infectious diseases continue to place a huge burden on women, their families, and society.

Donations to the cWIDR are a great investment. Support is directly used to fund innovative research projects, training programs, and community initiatives that will enhance our ability to discover novel treatments and fight the rise of preventable and resistant infections in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Your gift will enable us to support the shared resources and interdisciplinary collaborative science necessary to discover new drugs and vaccines that can make a huge difference in the lives of millions of women and their families.


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