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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)

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NSF 23-616

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative, mathematical, or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease (re)emergence and transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Projects should be broad, interdisciplinary efforts that go beyond the scope of typical studies. They should focus on the determinants and interactions of (re)emergence and transmission among any host species, including but not limited to humans, non-human animals, and/or plants. This includes, for example, the spread of pathogens; the influence of environmental factors such as climate; the population dynamics and genetics of vectors and reservoir species or hosts; how the physiology or behavior of the pathogen, vector, or host species biology affects transmission dynamics; the feedback between ecological transmission and evolutionary dynamics; and the cultural, social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of pathogen transmission and disease. Research may be on zoonotic, environmentally-borne, vector-borne, enteric, or respiratory pathogens of either terrestrial, aquatic, or marine systems and organisms, including diseases of animals and plants, at any scale from specific pathogens to inclusive environmental systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems. Investigators are encouraged to develop the appropriate multidisciplinary team, including for example, anthropologists, modelers, ecologists, bioinformaticians, genomics researchers, social scientists, economists, oceanographers, mathematical scientists, behaviorists, epidemiologists, evolutionary biologists, entomologists, immunologists, parasitologists, microbiologists, bacteriologists, virologists, pathologists or veterinarians, with the goal of integrating knowledge across disciplines to enhance our ability to predict and control infectious diseases.

Program contacts

Samuel M. Scheiner
Program Director
sscheine@nsf.gov (703) 292-7175 BIO/DEB
Christine Jessup
Program Director, NIH/FIC
christine.jessup@nih.gov (301) 496-1653
Colette M. St. Mary
Program Director
cstmary@nsf.gov (703) 292-4332 BIO/IOS
Katharina Dittmar
Program Director
kdittmar@nsf.gov (703) 292-7799 BIO/DBI
Zhilan Feng
Program Director
zfeng@nsf.gov (703) 292-7523 MPS/DMS
Rebecca Ferrell
Program Director
rferrell@nsf.gov (703) 292-7850 SBE/SES
Daniel J. Thornhill
Program Director
dthornhi@nsf.gov (703) 292-8143 GEO/RISE
Stephanie Coomes
Health Scientist Administrator
stephanie.coomes@nih.gov (301) 761-6855 NIH/NIAID
Timothy Sullivan
National Program Leader
timothy.sullivan@usda.gov (816) 527-5434 USDA/NIFA
Andrea Keane-Myers
Program Director
andrea.keane-myers@nih.gov (240) 281-2361 NIH/NIGMS
Nikki Mackie
Senior Portfolio Manager
eeid@bbsrc.ukri.org 44 1793-413200 UKRI/BBSRC
Rachel (Heni) Haring
Deputy Executive Director
heni@bsf.org.il 972 2 5828239 BSF
Jing Chen
Deputy Director
chenjing@nsfc.gov.cn 86 10-62326877 NSFC

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