Cura Zika Second Round Grants

Second Call for Proposals for Pilot Research Projects, Conferences, or Travel

Proposals to Improve the Lives of Children and Families Affected by Congenital Zika Syndrome

Cura Zika is an international alliance formed to support research addressing the epidemic of Zika virus infections. Cura Zika builds on Pitt Public Health’s long-standing collaboration with FIOCRUZ, the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America. Cura Zika – which means “Cure Zika” in both Portuguese and Spanish – awards funding to scientists and care providers performing important research on Zika.

In this Second Call, applications are sought for research, scientific meetings or conferences, or travel aimed at improving the lives of children and families affected by Congenital Zika Syndrome. Proposals are encouraged that will address the common health and social problems affecting children with Congenital Zika Syndrome, or that affect their families and care givers.

  • Pilot research projects will be funded up to $40,000 for one year. Examples may include documentation of the dimensions and magnitude of the problem, mapping and health systems research, needs assessment, improved availability of health care services (physical therapy, social work, etc), or improvements in treatments for developmental problems of CZS (seizures, vision, swallowing, muscle spasms, joint deformities, etc).
  • Scientific meetings and conferences will be funded up to $20,000 in one year. Conference topics should be similar to those for the pilot research grants.
  • Travel between Pittsburgh and Recife will also be funded, up to $4,000 per person per year.


Faculty members or post-doctoral scholars with a full-time (at least 50%) appointment at the University of Pittsburgh or the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Foundation may apply. Close collaborations with clinical health delivery and rehabilitation units in Recife, Brazil are encouraged.


Applications must include a completed cover sheet and should be sent to (Subject line: Proposal) by close of business on February 1, 2017. Please see detailed application guidelines and cover sheet to the right of this page.


Key Dates

• Call for proposals released on December 1, 2016.
• Proposals due by close of business on February 1, 2017. Submit to, subject line: Proposal.
• All applicants will be notified of funding decision via email on or before April 3, 2017.
• A final report is due on or before April 3, 2018.