ISID Research Grants


ISID’s research grants are one of the Society’s signature programs and are instrumental in fulfilling ISID’s commitment to funding researchers from countries which bear the greatest burden of infectious disease. To date over 175 grants have been awarded to infectious diseases researchers from 46 countries.

Up to eight grants of up to US$7,000 each will be awarded annually and are available to support the professional development of early-career investigators working in the field of human infectious diseases by funding pilot research projects to be carried out over the course of a year at the applicant’s institution. Due to a high volume of applications, ISID is now prioritizing low and lower-middle income countries.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigations of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis of infectious diseases
  • The epidemiology and control of healthcare-acquired infections
  • Modelling of cost effective interventions
  • The implementation of Infection control measures in low and lower-middle income countries
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Upon completion of their research, additional funding may also be available for recipients to attend an ISID event to present their findings, either at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases or the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance.

The highest ranked research proposal will receive the Norman Stein Research Grant named in honor ISID’s Executive Director from 1986-2017.


ISID’s research grant applications are open to researchers who live and work in low or lower-middle income countries as classified by the World Bank, who are less than forty years of age, and who have not previously had the opportunity to work or study outside of their region, or received major research funding including ISID grants. Career breaks will be factored into applicants' evaluations such that time absent is time extended: for every full-time equivalent of career break taken, the same full-time equivalent will be extended to the professional age limit.


Applications should be made using our online submissions system and include:

  • Research plan for project related to human infectious diseases – five pages, including background, methods, limitations and references
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • Letter of reference from applicant’s institution
  • Budget

Upon completion, a short written report on the outcomes of research must be submitted to the Society.  ISID also encourages recipients of grants to present their results at scientific meetings and to submit them for publication in peer-reviewed journals including, but not limited to, the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by experts in the field of infectious diseases chosen by the Society and grants awarded by ISID’s Research Committee in collaboration with ISID's Scientific Program Managers.