Wake Forest Vaccine Center Seeks Applications from Investigators New to Vaccine Research

The Wake Forest Vaccine Center (WFVC) is soliciting applications for pilot grants to support research projects for investigators that are new to vaccine research. Applications may be submitted for any research project that addresses the areas of vaccine development or efficacy. This RFA is meant to support cross-discipline collaborations and new investigator pairings. All ideas in vaccines will be considered, as long as the PI is not currently involved in this research area. Investigators may want to partner with a co-investigator who is currently a member of the Vaccine Center or who is working in a vaccine-related area. It is expected that these pilot funds will catalyze new innovative ideas that allow investigators to pursue projects with likelihood for extramural funding. Up to two one-year awards will be issued for up to $20,000 each.


Dr. Griff Parks, Director of WFVC, or
Dr. Martha Alexander-Miller, Assistant Director, WFVC


Submit a brief, single page application which includes:

  • Title
  • Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators
  • Short introduction with rationale for the project and general approach.
  • Statement of hypothesis to be tested.
  • Anticipated outcomes and impact on vaccines.
  • What is the key result that will lead to future extramural funding? This will be a major criterion during the review process.

Applications should be submitted by October 14, 2013 by email as a single PDF to Dr. Griff Parks – Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, at gparks@wakehealth.edu


Submit a single page budget which itemizes:

  • Consumable supplies, lab supplies, animal costs, and/or technician salary (provide base salary and percent effort requested).
  • No faculty salary or indirect costs will be supported.
  • Institutional approval will be required for studies involving animals and/or human subjects. However, this can be obtained as a JIT after project review.

Key Dates

  • Complete pilot application deadline: October 14, 2013
  • Anticipated award start date: November 1, 2013
  • Required Progress Report: October 30, 2014

About the Wake Forest Vaccine Center

The Wake Forest Vaccine Center has a mission to support research activies for vaccine science initiatives to improve children’s health. It’s director is Dr. Griffith Parks; the Center’s assistant director is Dr. Martha Alexander-Miller.