ISID Research Grants


The International Society for Infectious Disease’s research grants are one of the Society’s signature programs and are instrumental in fulfilling ISID’s commitment to funding researchers from countries that bear the greatest health and economic burden from infectious diseases. An essential element for reducing morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases in low- and lower-middle income countries (LMICs) is the provision of training, educational support, and mentoring to scientists, allied healthcare workers, epidemiologists, physicians, veterinarians, and others confronting challenges in the countries most affected.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), this ISID research grant opportunity seeks to provide funding for early career researchers from LMICs living and working in the field of public health. Each grant recipient will receive monetary support for the period of the grant and will be paired with a designated mentor from within ISID’s vast network of infectious disease professionals from around the world. At the end of the grant period, recipients will receive funding to attend an ISID event to present their findings.

Qualifying Capacity Grant Areas of Interest include: 

  • Investigation of the epidemiology, pathophysiology and diagnosis of infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology and control of hospital acquired infections (HAI)
  • Modelling of cost effective interventions for infectious diseases
  • Implementation of infection control measures in LMICs
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Other relevant Infectious Diseases Public health capacity building topic areas

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A public health researcher or scientist within eight years of completion of a PhD or equivalent professional training (MD) or public health degree
  • Postgraduate professionals in their field less than five years (with or without a doctoral degree)
  • Applicant is below the age of 35 years old as of March 1, 2024
  • Be from and a resident living and working in an LMIC (funding restrictions may apply to the countries in the chart below)
  • Be able to conduct the research project with the infectious disease focus at the applicant’s institution within a year of receiving the research grant. All grants must be completed in one year of award
  • Commit to grant recipient reporting requirements and administrative documentation necessary for grant awarding process
List of low-income and lower-middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification in January 2024:


Applications should be made using our online system and include the following:

  • A research plan for the project related to human infectious diseases, which must include the background, methods, limitations, and references (four pages maximum)
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (PDF of two pages maximum)
  • Letter of reference from applicant’s institution or place of research
  • Detailed proposed budget allocations for the $7,500 USD award along with associated timeline in MS Excel format
  • Research awardees agree to written progress reports (template to be provided) periodically through the year. ISID encourages the recipients of these grants to present their results at scientific meetings and to submit outputs for publication in peer-reviewed journals including, but not limited to, the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID)

The ISID/BMGF Research Capacity Building Grant is now closed.