School of Veterinary Medicine
Vector-borne Disease Pilot Funding Program

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Application Deadline:  October 5, 2016 at midnight

The mission of the Vector-borne Diseases (VBD) Pilot Funding Program is to provide funding for multidisciplinary and collaborative research to understand, prevent, and manage vector-borne diseases.

Faculty in the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) are invited to submit new research proposals for funding.  Proposals should address the priority issues related to detection, mechanisms of transmission, and mitigation of vector-borne diseases.  Pilot funds are intended to enable faculty to obtain preliminary data for submitting proposals from external funding sponsors within the next year or two.

Award Amount: Pilot Project budgets are limited to $25,000 per application. Awards are intended to support VBD-related research that can be completed during the project period of 01/01/2017 – 12/30/2017. Carryforward of funds is not permitted – any funds remaining at the end of the project period will be returned to the SVM/VBD Pilot Program. There is a limit of one proposal per faculty member, per year. Renewals will not be considered.

Eligibility:  All SVM Senate and Federation Faculty are eligible. Collaborations with faculty across UCD Schools and Colleges are encouraged.

Budget Restrictions: Examples of allowable expenses include research supplies, animal costs, related research expenses, core facility charges, and stipend support for a graduate student (GSR) or post-doc. Funds cannot be used for faculty or staff salaries, tuition, entertainment, and indirect costs. No subcontracts allowed.


1. Proposal: Submit the proposal electronically, including the following:

  • Cover page
  • Project narrative (2-page limit): State your hypothesis, specific aims, significance of the research, and research approach
  • Budget and budget justification: Itemized for research supplies, animal costs, core charges, etc.
  • External funding plan (1-page limit): Describe how pilot funding will enable/facilitate application to a specific external sponsor; include timeframe for submission

2. Biosketch: Include current and pending support for PI, Co-PI and Co-I (if appropriate) and email to

3. Signature from Department Chair: Submit signature electronically, signature acknowledges review of submitted proposal

Questions may be addressed to Leslie Nemeth at 530-752-4680.

Download Call for Proposals:

Call for Proposals (pdf)

Download Application Documents:

VBD Proposal Sept 2016 (Required) (pdf)

Department Chair Signature (Required) (pdf)