Institut Mérieux Award - ISID
Young Investigator Award
Antibiotic resistance (ABR) is a major public health issue worldwide and innovative approaches to tackling resistant bacteria in humans, animals and the environment are urgently needed. For many years, the Institut Mérieux and its entities have been committed to the fight against antibiotic resistance and to the control of the spread of resistant infections. In order to provide an incentive for promising young investigators working in the field of ABR, Institut Mérieux allocates several awards worldwide to researchers or clinicians at the beginning of their carrier in recognition of a major achievement having significant impact on the handling of ABR.

In 2018, Institut Mérieux and the International Society for Infectious Diseases will award a joint Young Investigator Award of €10,000 Euros that will be given to the awardee during the 18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases/XVIII Congreso SADI in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 1 to 4, 2018. Recognizing that the rising threat of AMR requires a multisectoral “One Health” approach, applications from young investigators from the human, veterinary, and environmental fields will be considered.
Selection Criteria
  • Young investigator living and working in a Latin American country.
  • Less than 10 years of working experience after their postgraduate qualification in clinical infectious diseases, microbiology/pathology, veterinary medicine, environmental sciences, public health, or epidemiology.
  • Serving in a hospital, in the community, or in a relevant research institution on a full-time basis as infectious diseases clinician, non-specialist clinician, microbiologist (pathologist), researcher, veterinarian, environmentalist, public health official, or epidemiologist.
  • Involved and made outstanding contribution(s) in research and/or patient management with a national impact in the field of bacterial antibiotic resistance (excluding tuberculosis). Indeed, this award is specifically made on the basis of outstanding contribution to the field, rather than the strength of proposed future research.
  • Indicators of impact could be either publication(s) in prominent international journals and / or implementation of guidelines / protocols having led to significant improvements in the following areas:
    • Development of new tools / approaches in tackling antibiotic resistance.
    • Adoption of innovative approaches for controlling antibiotic resistance.
    • Any actions having led to improved control / measurable reduction of resistant infections in the healthcare setting, veterinary field, animal husbandry, or agriculture.
Selection Process and Conditions
  • Applications can be submitted using this link.
  • Application deadline: February 4, 2018
  • Awardee notification: February 15, 2018
  • The following documents (in English) are needed to apply:
    • A brief CV (maximum 3 pages) of the nominee detailing the professional history of the nominee.
    • One-page description of the research and / or clinical project(s) the young researcher has performed, which is to be considered for the award. Attaching substantiating evidence such as publication of the nominee’s work is encouraged.
    • One-page description of ongoing and future research undertaken by the applicant in the field of antibiotic resistance.
    • A recommendation letter from the host institution where the nominee is working at the time of application.
  • An Award Committee constituted by the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), comprised of members of the ISID Executive Committee and ISID Council, will assess the applications and will choose the top three suitable applications, which will be forwarded to the scientific board of Institut Mérieux with their recommendation for the selection of the awardee. The Institut Mérieux keeps the possibility not to allocate any award if none of the proposals is meeting minimum qualification for the award.
  • Institut Mérieux will notify ISID of the name of the awardee for the year 2018. The award ceremony will be on March 1, 2018 during the 18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases/XVIII Congreso SADI.
  • In order to receive the award money, which is not exceeding €10,000 (Euro, ten thousand), the institution hosting the awardee should engage an agreement with Institut Mérieux. The award money will be transferred only to the hosting institution of the laureate, and the institution will hold responsibility for proper utilization of the fund for research by the laureate.

E-mail: program.coordinator@isid.org