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