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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

Entering 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 next application period will commence January 6th.

Grant Title: Early Career Congenital CMV Research Award
Selection Method: Competitive Bid
Mini-Grant Period: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 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 2
Issuing Agency: National CMV Foundation, PO BOX 18322, Tampa, FL 33679

The Request for Application (RFA), Application Form and Biographical Sketch Form will be available in January. Thank you for your interest!

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

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 $22,500 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. 

The application period for this fellowship award has closed. 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