2015 Call for Pilot Research Project Applications

Objective: to encourage and support new research and translational studies at Washington University on infectious diseases that affect women’s health.

Goal: to attract investigators who are interested in initiating research on infectious disease in women.  Our priority is on new research (not currently funded by internal or external mechanisms) that will lead to a future application with an external funding agency. Proposals that utilize a wide range of research methods and interdisciplinary perspectives are highly encouraged.

Research Area: Infectious diseases in females
Examples of area of interest – proposals should initiate new research or the development of tools to study:

  • A pathogen or infectious disease that predominantly affects women or girls
  • A pathogen or infectious disease that may affect females differently than males at any stage of life
  • Differences in the way that male and female immune systems respond to infection
  • Genetic differences in hosts or microbes that predispose females vs males to an infection or sequelae

Application Information:

Application Due: 5:00 pm on June 30, 2015.  Email a single PDF  to betty@wustl.edu.
Notice of Award: Awards will be announced by mid-August 2015
Award Period: September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016
Award Amount: Up to $25,000 Direct Costs
Interdisciplinary projects with awards up to $75,000 Direct costs will also be considered.
Eligibility: All Washington University faculty and Instructors
Senior postdoctoral research associates (letter of support from faculty mentor is required)
Review Criteria: Projects will be reviewed for scientific merit, creativity & innovation, originality & importance, potential for the project to lead to external funding, and ability to advance the cWIDR’s overall mission.


The proposal must include the following:

Formatting:  Single-spaced, 11 pt. Arial font, half inch margins, PI name should be on the top right-hand corner of every page of the application.

Regulatory approvals (as applicable) will be required for studies involving human subjects, animals, or the use of radiation. Approvals may be pending at the time of submission, but no award will be issued until all approvals have been received.

Reports and acknowledgements: All awarded grantees will be required to submit a brief annual progress report describing the results of their work, as well as related publications and funding. All publications resulting from the award should acknowledge the cWIDR Pilot Research Grant Program at Washington University.

Budget Guidelines:

Expenditures Allowed:

  • Technical staff salary support
  • Research supplies
  • Animals, including housing and care
  • Fees for specialized services (microscopy, pathology, photography, etc.)

Expenditures NOT Allowed:

  • Principal Investigator salary support
  • Secretarial/administrative personnel salary support
  • Office equipment and supplies
  • Equipment (unit cost of $5,000 or more)
  • Travel

Budget Restriction:

Carry over and No-cost Extensions are not allowed