Multidisciplinary Studies to Improve Understanding of Influenza Transmission (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for collaborative, multidisciplinary research to comprehensively investigate the dynamics and drivers of influenza transmission between humans. This FOA will support research to: (1) improve detection and sampling of influenza viral particles from the air; (2) develop novel assays to assess viability and infectivity of influenza viral particles collected from the air; and (3) comprehensively evaluate the contribution of viral, host, physical, and environmental factors to influenza transmission between humans.  


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
  • Application Due Date(s): New Date September 10, 2020  

RFA-AI-20-008 Expiration Date New Date September 11, 2020 per issuance of NOT-AI-20-046. (Original Expiration Date: June 24, 2020  )

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Areas of Interest

The objective of this FOA is to support collaborative, multidisciplinary research encompassing the development and improvement of devices, assays, and methods that will enable better sampling and characterization of influenza viral particles from the air and fill existing knowledge gaps in understanding the factors that drive human-to-human influenza transmission. Applications are sought that propose well-integrated, cross-disciplinary research teams with diverse expertise that may include but is not limited to: pathogen biology, host genetics, immunology, modeling, environmental health, physical science, engineering and behavioral science.



Amount Description

Recommended budgets of up to $2 million in direct costs per year may be requested.    

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.     

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 10, 2020