Apply for a G.E.R.M. Program Grant

The G.E.R.M. Program awards grants to medical students to support a mentored clinical learning and/or research project for up to a year. The deadline to apply for a 2021 award is midnight EST on February 5, 2021.

To learn tips for writing a successful research project proposal, please view the recording of the G.E.R.M. Program Proposal Writing Workshop held on Dec. 15, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications checklist:

  • Completed online application
  • Applicant CV
  • Mentor letter of recommendation
  • Mentor NIH biosketch or CV

The mentor should provide details regarding his/her support for the applicant, the project, and their plan for mentoring the applicant.

Applicants should be prepared to provide or respond to the following:

  • A project title
  • Timeline for completing the project
  • Project goals
  • Specific details regarding how you will carry out your proposed research, clinical training, or medical education activity. (300 words max)
  • Specific plan for interacting with your mentor during the course of the project (i.e., how often will you meet, what will the structure of meetings look like, what goals do you hope to accomplish through these meetings, other training that you and your mentor anticipate). (300 words max)
  • Why are you interested in pursuing an infectious diseases or HIV-related research project? (300 words max)
  • Describe how the G.E.R.M. grant will be used to support your project. Funding may be used for living expenses to protect applicant’s time for research. (300 words max)
  • Besides the mentor named in your application, please identify any additional person(s) who will have significant interaction with you to conduct the research proposed in your application and describe that person’s role in the project.

Project Scoring

Application will be evaluated based on the following criteria will take into account the following:

  • Relevance and novelty of the project topic
  • Structure of the mentorship plan
  • Interest in infectious diseases or HIV
  • Contributions to diversity defined broadly to include populations underrepresented in medicine, geography, program size and academic foci
  • Strength of the project plan as it relates to increasing the applicant’s analytical, research and clinical skills
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* Please note the IDSA Foundation Application Management System hosts this application. We apologize for the inconvenience, but IDSA members are currently unable to use their existing IDSA membership account credentials to access this system.