The over-arching theme for the MARCE Research Programs is “Emerging pathogen-host interactions”. The five major research programs centered around this theme are listed below.
Developmental Grants are awarded to investigators to pursue 2-year projects. The key objectives of these grants are to test innovative concepts, develop new technologies, and support “high-risk” opportunities that demonstrate potential for “high-yield” novel results in the broad area of biodefense and emerging infectious diseases research.
Career Development Grants are awarded to investigators to pursue 2-year projects. The purpose of the Mentored Basic Scientist Career Development Award is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on basic scientific research. This mechanism provides support for two years of supervised study and research for professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, scientific investigators focusing on basic research in the broad area of biodefense or emerging infectious diseases.
New Opportunities Grants are awarded to investigators to pursue 1-year projects. While many of these projects fall within the scope of one of the major MARCE research programs, investigators may also choose to focus on other areas consistent with the research goals of the greater RCE program.
The RCEs funded projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These grants supply 2 years of funding to support exceptionally innovative projects. The research must demonstrate a high degree of scientific risk but have the potential for high payoff, transformational results, or paradigm shifts.