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Research Awards

CMV Research Awards

At National CMV, we fund research and work to influence research priorities regarding CMV prevention, treatment, and intervention. Learn more about our grant opportunities below.

Early Career Congenital CMV Research Award

In its third year, the National CMV Foundation is pleased to continue an annual $10,000 award(s) to fund innovative research related to maternal or congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections. These awards are made possible by individual, charitable contributions to the National CMV Foundation in support of research that will lead to the elimination of disabilities due to congenital CMV infection.

The goal of this award is to encourage early career researchers to pursue research on maternal or congenital CMV infections. The award can fund or be applied to projects in areas including public health, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, basic science, or vaccine development.

Early career researchers including mentored pre- and post-doctoral trainees or junior faculty members who have not been a principal investigator (PI) on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant may apply for the award. Trainee applicants must provide a letter of support and a mentoring plan from the Mentor. Applications will be accepted from researchers in the United States and Canada. 

The 2020 application period is now closed; 2021 application dates will be listed soon. Thank you for your interest. 

Grant Title: Early Career Congenital CMV Research Award
Selection Method: Competitive Bid
Mini-Grant Period: May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021
Funding Cycle: 1 Year
Mini-Grant Extension: This grant has no annual renewal; grantees must reapply yearly.
Award Amount: $10,000
Number of Awards: Up to 3
Issuing Agency: National CMV Foundation, PO BOX 18322, Tampa, FL 33679

Learn more about our recipients and their proposed studies at the links below.

Jennifer Jenks, M.D., PhD Candidate, Duke University
Fatima Kakkar, M.D., MPH, CHU Sainte-Justine
Megan Pesch, M.D., University of Michigan

Swetha Pinninti, M.D. University of Alabama Birmingham
Maria Talavera, DO Nationwide Children's Hospital

Paul Lantos, M.D. Duke University 

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS) CMV Fellowship Award for CMV Research

The PIDS Fellowship Award for CMV Research, established by the National CMV Foundation, will specifically fund Pediatric Infectious Disease basic or clinical research focused on congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). This award is a two-year award at $25,000 per year (inclusive of 8% indirect costs), with renewal in the second-year dependent upon satisfactory research progress, for trainees with an MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degree. All applicants must have a mentor (primary or co-supervisor) who is an active PIDS member, and the award may be used at the discretion of the applicant, including salary support, purchase of small equipment, technical support, or research supplies. One award is available. 

The 2020 award period is now closed; recipient to be announced on October 20th!

Learn more about our 2017 recipient, Dr. Frances Saccoccio from Duke University Medical Center, and her completed study!

The doctors knew Cameron's problem was viral, but they couldn't pinpoint the virus. Finally, after about 2 days, my placenta lab test came back and it was infected with CMV. I was so relieved that Cameron was going to survive, but I was not ready for the next bombshell. The NICU doctor told us that as a result of is brain damage, Cameron would not be able to “walk, talk or learn."
— Julie, Mother