Developmental Awards

ASTDA 2016 Developmental Award Program

Award Description and Purpose

One award will be funded beginning September 1, 2016, with a budget of up to $50,000 (total costs – direct and indirect) annually for 1 or 2 years. Funds can be used for salary, technical support, laboratory supplies, travel, and equipment.

The purpose of the award is to encourage new investigators to pursue careers in STD research. The awardee should plan to use data derived from these funds as the basis for seeking independent funding from NIH or other sources.

Who is eligible to apply?

  1. PhD or MD investigators at U.S. institutions who have recently achieved faculty rank (including “acting” positions), but who have not yet become PI on a STD-related NIH or other grant or contract exceeding $75,000 (direct costs) per year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Persons who are making the transition from postdoctoral training to faculty-level appointments at U.S. sites (faculty position must be effective before commencement of award).
  3. Mentor must be a member of ASTDA.


Final applications due:  July 1, 2016
Award begins:  September 1, 2016

Application Procedure

Use the “ASTDA Developmental Award Application (Modified PHS 398)” form which is available for download on the ASTDA website.  (NOTE:  Do not submit completed applications via  Rather, send completed applications directly to ASTDA as indicated below.)


  1. Face page
  2. Project Summary, Relevance, and Performance Site Location
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Detailed Budget for the Initial Budget Period
  5. Budget for the Entire Proposed Period of Support
  6. Biographical Sketches – Applicant and Key Project Personnel (4 pp. max each)
  7. Checklist
  8. Career Development Plan & Research Plan (12 pp. max)
    • Candidate’s background, career goals and objectives, career development/training activities during award period, and training in responsible conduct of research
    • Research Strategy
  9. Bibliography and References Cited
  10.  Protection of Human Subjects / Vertebrate Animals
  11.  Facilities and Other Resources
  12.  Equipment
  13.  Complete budget justification
  14.  Two Letters of Support
    • Primary mentor (including clear statement of institutional commitment to candidate)
    • Other faculty member

Applicants will need signature (on face page) from the responsible fiscal official for their institution.  Indirect costs (F & A) may not exceed 8% of the total budget.

Animal Care and Human Subjects Review Committee approvals, if applicable, must be obtained before an award can be funded.


Submit the completed application electronically as a single PDF document to the American STD Association ( All materials must be received no later than 5:00pm ET on July 1, 2016.

Questions?  Contact ASTDA \ (

Previous Developmental Award Winners


Brandie_Taylor_320_216Brandie Taylor, PhD, MPH

Positions: Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at Texas A&M University.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title: Host Genetic Susceptibility to Chlamydia-Associated Reproductive Morbidity


Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH Jennifer Balkus, PhD, MPH

Positions: Staff Scientist, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Affiliate Instructor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title: Incidence and Natural History of Mycoplasma genitalium infection among Kenya and U.S Women


Renata SandersRenata Sanders, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Impact of STD Diagnosis on First Same-Sex Sexual Satisfaction and Behavior in Young African American MSM

Yonatan GradYonatan Grad, MD

Positions: Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Genomic epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with elevated MICs to cefixime


Christina MuznyChristina Muzny, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Sexually Transmitted Infections Among African American Women Who Have Sex with Women

Vanessa Schick, PhDVanessa Schick, PhD

Positions: Assistant Research Scientist, Applied Health Science Department, Indiana University Bloomington

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Sexual Risk Factors amongst Women who have Sex with Men and Women


Lorenzo GiacaniLorenzo Giacani, PhD

Positions: Acting Instructor, Department of Medicine, Allergy, and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
T. pallidum envelope stress response

Ank Nijhawan, MD

Ank Nijhawan, MD, MPH

Positions: Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Div of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Adjunct Instructor in Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
The Prevalence and predictors of trichomonas infection in incarcerated women

Bree Weaver, MDBree Ashley Weaver, MD

Positions: Assistant Research Professor of Medicine/Part-time Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics/Dept of Internal Medicine, Div of Infectious Diseases /Dept of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Acquisition of Genital and Oral Human Papillomavirus in Adolescent Males


Eric BuhiEric Buhi, MPH, PhD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Dept of Community and Family Health/College of Public Health, University of South Florida

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Internet sex-seeking behaviors and associated STD risks among youth visiting publicly funded teen health clinics


Alia Al-Tayyib, PhD, MSPH

Positions: Assistant Research Scientist, HIV/STI Prevention and Control, Denver Public Health Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Detecting Chlamydial and Gonococcal Infection Using Respondent Driven Sampling

Loida Bonney, MD, MPHLoida Bonney, MPH, MD

Positions: Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health

ASTDA Funded Research Project Title:
Identifying Barriers and Facilitators of HPV Vaccination of Minority Women