SHEA is the host of the annual Epi Project Competition. This program is funded by the SHEA Education and Research Foundation to foster novel research projects in healthcare epidemiology. The purpose is to identify and support early investigator research initiatives in the field of healthcare epidemiology that align with SHEA's Research Agenda. A grant of up to $20,000 is awarded to the winner.

Eligibility: Grant funding is available for early investigators with a MPH, PhD or MD degree and within 5 years of completion of training. This funding is awarded to applicants who submit proposals that demonstrate new and novel healthcare epidemiology research that aligns with SHEA’s research priorities. Participants must be registered for and plan to attend the annual SHEA Spring Conference at the time of submission.

Funding: Each year SHEA expects to fund up to $20,000 in grant awards. Projects are supported for one year. Individual awards will not exceed $ $20,000 per year. Judges have the option to award multiple grants to multiple winners of the competition if more than one novel proposal meets or exceeds the expectations of the competition, and the combined budgets fall within the $20,000 award limit. The grant is administered by SHEA with no indirect costs available to the grantee department/division. Funds are generally not made available for the applicant’s salary or for major equipment purchases.

Review criteria: The primary criterion for evaluation of applications is the likelihood that the studies proposed will answer an important question relevant to preventing healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Approaches that involve lab based research projects, clinical research, social and behavioral questions, and problems in health policy are equally likely to be considered for funding. In addition to scientific merit, we will also consider several other secondary criteria in making awards, including whether the research is likely to provide pilot data that may result in the submission of a later application for extramural research support, whether the project is highly relevant to the problems in epidemiology and whether support is likely to be valuable to the applicant in developing a career as an epidemiologist. Most, but not all, awards typically go to faculty members who have not yet reached the rank of associate professor. Proposals may involve lab-based microbial epidemiology projects, clinical epidemiology, testing of pilot interventions or health outcomes research.

A panel of reviewers will evaluate and score all proposals received by the deadline. Finalists for the competition will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date of the submission deadline. Reviewers may select up to four finalists to advance to the live competition at SHEA Spring Conference. Finalists selected to advance to the competition will receive a $1,500 stipend to assist with conference registration and travel expenses. Finalists must deliver a 3-5 minute oral presentation, which will be scored by a secret panel of judges. Winner(s) will be selected and announced based on the combined proposal submissions and oral presentation scores. Judges have the option of awarding multiple grants to multiple winners of the competition if more than one novel proposal meets or exceeds the expectations of the competition, and the combined budgets fall within the $20,000 award limit. Although use of the SHEA Research Network is strongly encouraged, eligible proposals are no longer required to use of the Network for their studies.

Interactions with reviewers: Successful applicants are eligible to make use of resources and mentorship provided by the SHEA Research Committee. Participants may submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) not to exceed 300 words, for the purpose of seeking consultation on the feasibility of the submitter’s full proposal and research methods development. Submitters should include in their LOI specific questions for reviewer feedback. LOIs must be submitted to for consideration by a date to be determined each year.

Application Procedure: Final proposals in the form of a PDF or Word DOC file, and financial support information must be submitted to by a date to be determined each year. Eligible proposals must include the following information:

  1. Project name
  2. Specific aims and hypothesis or hypotheses
  3. Background and significance of the project
  4. Description of research design, methods, analytic plan, and preliminary results (if any) not to exceed 750 words.
  5. Brief description of the environment (including mentors) where work will be done
  6. If using the SHEA Research Network, a brief description of how it will be used (this is optional; not required for the project)
  7. A budget estimating the costs to carry out the project. The budget must not exceed $20,000.
  8. Brief description of the investigator’s qualifications to accomplish the work 9. Attestation of independence by mentor/faculty advisor

All applications will be reviewed for scientific merit by at least two reviewers with expertise in a proposed area of inquiry. Review of applications will be evaluated based on alignment with SHEA’s Research Agenda, use of SHEA Research Network if applicable, independence of the investigator, project feasibility and the likelihood for funding of a future follow on project. Applicants will be notified of the finalists by a date to be determined prior to the SHEA Spring Conference.

Questions: regarding administration of the Epi Project Competition should be directed to Lynne Batshon

The SHEA Education and Research Foundation (SHEAERF), in collaboration with the SHEA Research Committee, is seeking bright and dedicated early investigators within 5 years of completion of training (MPH, PhD, PharmD, or MD) in the field of healthcare epidemiology to compete for a research grant award of up to $20,000.

Winning submissions will propose studies that can shape our understanding of transmission of healthcare-associated infections, and identify the best prevention methods and implementation science. The SHEAERF strives to advance the field of healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship through research and education. Our mission in part is to mentor, train, and promote professional development in healthcare epidemiology.

Key Dates

  • November 1, 2017 - December 13, 2017: Upon submission of a letter of intent, SHEA leaders are available to prospective submitters for feedback on proposal and research methods development. This step is an option extended to competitors that is highly encouraged.
  • December 18, 2017 - January 18, 2018: Formal proposals for the competition are accepted during this time period. All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on January 18. Submitters must be registered for the SHEA Spring 2018 Conference by January 18 to be eligible for participation in the competition.
  • March 1, 2018: Finalists of the competition will be announced. Reviewers will select between 4-5 proposals to move forward to the final competition hosted at SHEA Spring 2018 Conference. Finalists will receive a $1,500 travel stipend.
  • April 19, 2018: Competition takes place at the SHEA Spring 2018 Conference. The competition winner will be announced on site. Judges have the option of awarding multiple grants to multiple winners of the competition if more than one novel proposal meets or exceeds the expectations of the competition

Read more details about the requirements for submitting a proposal for the Epi Project Competition. Questions and inquiries can be sent to

2017 SHEA Epi Project Competition winner: 

Sara Keller, MD, MPH, MSHP, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Home-based outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT): Learning about Central Venous Catheter complication prevention when patients are the providers



The SHEA Education & Research Foundation would like to express its sincere gratitude to all of its members who have shown their dedication to the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention through their generous contributions to the Foundation. The donations listed below were received in 2017.

President’s Circle $500+
Contributor $250 - $499
Leader $100 - $249
Friend $50 - $99


President’s Circle ($500+)

Raymond Chinn
Sara Cosgrove
Louise Dembry
Stephen Weber


Contributor ($250 - $499)



Leader ($100 - $249)

Kyle Enfield
Graeme Forrest
Mary Hayden
Jesse Jacob
Mini Kamboj
Preeti Malani
Mark Rupp
Elise Zelechowski


Friend ($50-$99)
Lilian Abbo
Andrew Alexander
Vicki Allen
Nashwan Al-Naiemi
W. Kemper Alston
Miriam Alter
Hillary Alycon
Deverick Anderson
Robert Andrews
James Arbogast
Matthew Arduino
Judith Arentzen
Steven Aronin
Suthep Arora
Paula Aucoin
Michael Augenbraun
Edina Avdic
Hilary Babcock
Omer Badahman
Leslie Baken
Robert Baker
Hanan Balkhy
David Balling
Pamela Barbadoro
Frédéric BARBUT
Ana Bardossy
Jorge Barinaga
Tamar Barlam
Raoul Baron
Jessica Barrett
Steven Bass
Matthew Bauer
Katherine Baumgarten
Gonzalo Bearman
Anne Beck
Glenn Bedsole
Solomon Beraki
Elie Berbari
Sean Berenholtz
J Bradford Bertumen
Mary Bessesen
Hong Bin Kim
Werner Bischoff
Jack Bissett
Marvin Bittner
Martha Blum
Maureen Bolon
Diadema Bonnell
Icaro Boszczowski
John Boyce
Suzanne Bradley
Dale Bratzler
Barry Brause
Patrick Brennan
Arthur Brown
Vickie Brown
Lou Ann Bruno-Murtha
Joan Buckner
Brian Buggy
A. Buiting
Robert Bundtzen
Deborah Burdsall
Terry Burger
Donna Burgess
Edward Butler
Thomas Button
Jennifer Cadnum
Michael Calderwood
David Calfee
Bernard Camins
Denise Cardo
Philip Carling
Yehuda Carmeli
Mark Carr
Maria Carreon
Elizabeth Carter
Catherine Cavanaugh
Indu Chalana
Suzanne Chandler
Richard Chmielewski
Wanki Cho
Khami Chokani
Vineet Chopra
David Christiansen
Mary Clance
Roger Clark
Kerry Cleveland
Susan Coffin
Stuart Cohen
P. Coley
Stephen Colodny
Cristie Columbus
John Conly
Sara Cosgrove
Nancy Coulter
Elaine Cox
Valerie Creswell
Christopher Crnich
Cheston Cunha
Brian Currie
Sanjeet Dadwal
Erika DAgata
Mirian Dal Ben
Kristin Dascomb
Michael David
Mandy Davidson
Roderick Dayton
Marcelo Del Castillo
Timothy Dellit
Alfred DeMaria
Karen Denbesten
Roni Devlin
Doris Dimmitt
David Dobbie
Susan Donelan
Andrew Donovan
Tara Donovan
Curtis Donskey
David Droller
Marylene Duah
Erik Dubberke
Joan Duggan
Donald Dumford
Ghinwa Dumyati
Wm. Dunagan
Robert Duncan
Michael Durkin
Kathryn Dzintars
Nancy Edwards
Theodore Eickhoff
Floyd Eisenberg
Michael Ellis
Richard Ellison
Sarah Elmerdorf
Alexis Elward
Melanie Enderwick
Kyle Enfield
Issa Ephtimios
Stephen Eppes
Sergey Eremin
Lisa Esolen
Pamela Falk
Thomas Faltermeier
Anthony Fiore
Ann Fisher
Rebecca Fitzpatrick
Marvin Fojtasek
Derek Forster
Sandra Fowler
Henry Fraimow
Beth Fredricks
Scott Fridkin
Teresa Fulton
Takanori Funaki
Keiichi Furukawa
E. Yoko Furuya
Joseph Garner
Petra Gastmeier
Michael Gaudet
Cecilia Gaynor
Michele Gerard
Dale Gerding
  Catherine Gerke
Roderick Go
Elaine Goldwater
Edward Goodman
Gerald Gordon
Ronald Goren
Patrick Gould
Jane Gould
Philip Graham
Bruno Granwehr
John Greene
Jonathan Grein
Matthew Griffith
Pamella Gronemeyer
Susan Gustafson
Danielle Gysin
Sarah Haessler
Irfan Hafiz
Matthew Hall
John Hammer
Jennifer Han
Sohei Harada
Shannon Harris
Sandra Harris
Jo-Ann Harris
Alan Harris
Mary Hayden
Hubert Haywood
Hillary Hei
Walter Hellinger
Carolyn Herzig
Margaret Hessen
Pamela Higdem
Inga Himelright
Andrea Green Hines
Patricia Hnatuck
Richard Hoffman
Carol Hoffmann
Natasha Holmes
Mark Holodniy
Robert Holzman
Scott Homann
Hitoshi Honda
David Hooper
Thomas Hooton
Michael Hori
Gay Howard
Susan Huang
Teresa Hulett
Hilary Humphreys
Barry Hunt
Sisham Ingnam
Christopher Ingram
Ashley Jackson
Jesse Jacob
Susan Jacobson
Justin Jin
Lynwood Jones
Patrick Joseph
Ericka Kalp
Ravi Kamepalli
Paul Kamitsuka
Kevin Katz
Carol Kauffman
Keith Kaye
James Keegan
Sara Keller
Allison Kelly
Douglas Kernodle
Fred Kerns
Nancy Kerr
Khadieja Khalid
Aradhana Khameraj
Jane Kirk
Bradley Kirsch
Jan Kluytmans
Guy Kochvar
Brian Koll
Kenji Kono
Gary Kravitz
Sarah Krein
Amy Kressel
Taesung Kwon
Brent Laartz
B. Mark Landrum
Jenny Lantis
Rebecca Lark
Patricia Larson
Grace Lee
Francesca Lee
Jerome Leis
Ethan Leonard
Alyssa Letourneau
Sarah Lewis
Elizabeth Lien
Rex Justin Lim
Darren Linkin
Susan Linster-Oppenheimer
Mark Loeb
Eric Lofgren
Latania Logan
Anthony Lopez
John Love
Franklin Lowy
Daniel Lucey
Tammy Lundstrom
Evelyn Ly
Outi Lyytikäinen
D. Stewart MacIntyre
Alexandra Madison
Andrew Mahony
Anurag Malani
Ricardo Maldonado
Mary Lou Manning
Lisa Maragakis
Patrice Marcarelli
Susan Marchione
John Marino
Clifford Martin
Richard Martinello
William Martone
Thomas Math
Gregory Matsuura
John May
Jeanmarie Mayer
Lawrence McDonald
David McGechie
Allison McGeer
Martin McGonagle
John McGowan
David McNamara
Bernard McNamara
Andre Melendez
Leonard Mermel
Ann Meyer
Marc Meyer
Jo Micek
Magdy Mikhail
Loren Miller
Aaron Milstone
Lona Mody
Elizabeth Monsees
Thomas Monson
Nicholas Moore
Daniel Morgan
Andrew Morris
Marie Moss
Bharat Motwani
John Mourani
L. Silvia Munoz-Price
Jorge Murillo
Denise Murphy
Sheila Murphy
Carlene Muto
Joseph Mylotte
Sylvia Nash
Rana Nasser
James Neid
Roger Nieman
Steven Norris
Judith ODonnell
Norio Ohmagari
    Donna ONeill
Dilcia Ortega
 Scott Ostdiek
Michael Osterholm
Scott Paparello
Stephen Parodi
Gina Passamani
Catherine Passaretti
Gopi Patel
Marcia Patrick
Jan Patterson
Andrew Pavia
David Pegues
Robert Pelz
Robert Penn
Eli Perencevich
Trish Perl
Tamara Persing
Jennifer Pisano
Aurora Pop-Vicas
Richard Porwancher
Connie Price
David Priest
Jose Prieto
Janene Pulaski
Caroline Quach
Monica Quinn
Issam Raad
Keith Ramsey
Nathaniel Ratnasamy
Kenneth Ratzan
Amy Ray
Sara Reese
Sara Revolinski
Deborah Riley
J. Trees Ritter
Elizabeth Robilotti
Philip Robinson
Clare Rock
Mary-Claire Roghmann
Virginia Roth
Coleman Rotstein
Travis Rudd
Mark Rupp
Thomas Rushton
Lisa Saiman
Maude Saint-Jean
Robert Salata
Jose Salgado
Patricia Salvador
John Samies
Matthew Samore
Thomas Sandora
William Schaffner
Joshua Schaffzin
Takako Schaninger
Kirsten Schutte
David Schwartz
Steven Schwimmer
Susan Sebazco
Rita Secola
Sorana Segal-Maurer
Lynne Sehulster
John Sellick
Susan Seo
Edward Septimus
Roy Shannon
Hai Shao
Mamta Sharma
Raja Shekar
Mark Shelly
Soichi Shiiki
Daniel Shin
Dennis Shoemaker
Emily Shuman
Emily Sickbert-Bennett
Matthew Simon
Gail Simpson
Francina Singh
Stephanie Smith
Henedine Smith
Cynthia Snider
Elie Sniei
Graham Snyder
Xiaoyan Song
Geetika Sood
Barbara Soule
Kim Southerland
Emily Spivak
Jared Spotkov
Pranavi Sreeramoju
Arjun Srinivasan
Healther Stafford
Kipp Stahl
Harold Standiford
Gail Stanley
Therese Staub-Schmidt
James Steinberg
John Stern
Kurt Stevenson
Patsy Stinchfield
Jeremy Storm
Stephen Streed
Steffen Strobaek
Stephanie Strollo
David Stryker
Darrell Stuart
Kavitha Subramanian
Angela Sukstorf
Nila Suntharam
John Swartzberg
Paul Tambyah
Max Taylor
Susan Taylor
Peter Taylor
Djeunou Tchamba
Patrick Tennican
Theodore Thompson
Emily Thorell
Joseph Thurn
Rama Thyagarajan
Lisa Tkatch
Lucy Tompkins
Antoni Trilla
Nicolas Troillet
Margaret Turner
Daniel Uslan
August Valenti
Richard Van Enk
Philippe Vanhems
J. van Zeijl
Jose Vasquez
Ravi Vemuri
Indumathi Venkatachalam
Diana Vilar-Compte
Carolina Villaluz
Elizabeth Walter
W. Scott Warner
Kathy Warye
Douglas Webb
Stephen Weber
Richard Weening
Ron Weinberger
Robert Weinstein
Nancy Weissbach
Patrick Weissgerber
Petra Welsh
Timothy West
Kimberly Westbrook
Gregory Whiteley
Cynthia Whitener
Marc Whitman
Raymond Wiblin
Dawn Wilkins
Arthur Williams
Keith Woeltje
Glenn Wortmann
Elaine Yee
Deborah Yokoe
Brian York
Lynn Young

For more information about the work, mission and programs of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation, please contact Kristy Weinshel at

Sara E, Cosgrove, MD, MS
VA CT Healthcare System

Louise Dembry, MD, MS, MBA 
Past Chair
VA CT Healthcare System

Hilary Babcock, MD, MPH
Vice Chair
Washington University School of Medicine

Eli Perencevich, MD
University of Iowa, Carver College of Med

Raymond Chinn, MD
Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus

Mirian DalBen, MD, MSc
Hospital Sirio Libanes

Sarah Haessler, MD
Baystate Medical Center

David Henderson, MD, FACP
National Institutes of Health

Aaron Milstone, MD
Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Morgan, MD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Stephen G. Weber, MD
University of Chicago Medicine


The SHEA Education & Research Foundation is dedicated to furthering the education and advancement of professionals in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention globally. It is a charitable education organization dedicated to strengthening the scholarship and expertise of emerging and current healthcare epidemiologists, including physicians, scientists, health care professionals, and promoting better understanding of infection prevention in the general public.

You Can Make a Difference

The SHEA Education & Research Foundation is funded through the generous support of people and organizations like you. It is through your support that the Foundation can:

  • Develop best-quality training for future leaders in healthcare epidemiology;
  • Offer research recognition and support awards to researchers and emerging leaders in the field;
  • Foster leaders and scientific exchange on the international stage; and
  • Advance novel scientific investigation through the SHEA Research Network and other research initiatives.

Your donation will directly support the education and research offerings of the Foundation.  Consider the potential impact of each donation:

  • $100 can help SHEA recognize the achievement and contribution of leaders in the field of epidemiology.
  • $250 can help create a multi-year research grant for a young scholar.
  • $500 can support new SHEA Research Network initiatives.
  • $750 can support the current development of online Fellows education which is essential education required of all infectious disease fellows.
  • $1,000 can expand the SHEA global network for scientific knowledge transfer.
  • $10,000 can help fund a more in-depth research project like the SHEA Epi-Project.

Foundation Activities Planned for 2017

This is a list of key activities planned by the SHEA Education and Research Foundation that will use 2016 donations.

  • Key funding initiatives to support the SHEA Research agenda including support for the SHEA Research Network and the possibility of other grant funded research support
  • Funding for the 2017 International Ambassador Program cycle and potential expansion
  • $15,000 in scholarship awards for various programs during the year such as: SHEA Spring 2017 Conference and Judene Bartley Policy in Action Scholarship
  • $15,000 in career recognition awards for IDWeek 2017
  • $25,000 to fund the SHEA Epi Project winner and runner-ups
  • Support of educational initiative expansion (potential podcasts and online webinars)

Creating and empowering the future of safe healthcare.

The SHEA Education & Research Foundation, formed in 2011, is dedicated to advancing the field of healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship through education and research. The Foundation has three areas of focus:

  • Education and recognition of leaders in the field
  • Promotion of an international exchange of ideas
  • Fostering a strategic scientific research agenda


The SHEA Education & Research Foundation is dedicated to furthering the education and advancement of professionals in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention globally. It is a charitable education organization dedicated to strengthening the scholarship and expertise of emerging and current healthcare epidemiologists, including physicians, scientists, health care professionals, and promoting better understanding of infection prevention in the general public.


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