Vector-Borne Disease Regional Centers of Excellence

Funding Agency:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish vector-borne disease (VBD) regional Centers of Excellence (COEs) aimed at building the capacity to address the problem of emerging and exotic vector-borne diseases in the U.S., including Zika virus infection. The specific goals of these centers are to:

(1) conduct applied research to develop and validate effective VBD prevention and control tools and methods necessary to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks; (2) train a cadre of public health entomologists with the knowledge and skills required to rapidly detect and respond to VBD threats in the United States; and (3) build effective collaborations between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, state, and local levels for VBD surveillance, prevention, and response. The ultimate objective is for these centers to help generate the necessary knowledge and capacity to enable appropriate and timely local public health action for VBD to be taken throughout the U.S., given significant regional differences in vector ecology, disease transmission dynamics and resources.

Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed. 


  • Letter of Intent: Sep. 26, 2016
  • Application: Oct. 13, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Category:  Public and State controlled institutions of higher education;  Private institutions of higher education 

Applicants must have a letter of support or letter of collaboration from at least one local or state public health agency located in their geographic region of the United States. Letters must demonstrate the willingness and commitment to work together as a team to accomplish the project objectives. It is expected that a project of this magnitude will involve multiple institutions and/or departments within institutions, together with one or more public health agencies, requiring prevention specialists from at least one state or local health department.



Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

September 22, 2016

External Deadline

October 13, 2016