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Optimization and Standardization of Methods to Suppress Ixodes scapularis and Disrupt Enzootic Pathogen Transmission in Settings Posing an Elevated Risk to Humans
This NOFO intends to support research to: 1) optimize and standardize implementation of existing strategies to reduce the abundance of host-seeking Ixodes scapularis nymphs infected with human pathogens, especially Lyme disease spirochetes (DIN); 2) evaluate efficacy and reproducibility of operational use (e.g., in the hands of pest control professionals or the public, as appropriate) of these protocols in high-risk settings (e.g., wooded residential properties, high-use wooded recreational areas) across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States where baseline DIN is elevated; and 3) develop standard operating procedures that may be used by homeowners or vector control professionals to implement these interventions within communities at risk for exposure to Lyme disease spirochetes and other I. scapularis-borne pathogens.
Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.
Interested applicants from within Duke should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible.
- Letter of Intent: Jan. 15, 2022
- Application: Feb. 15, 2022