Innovative Research

What to know

  • CDC has invested in innovative research projects through Broad Agency Announcements (a funding mechanism) since 2017.
  • This process identifies and implements new ways to comprehensively respond to vector-borne diseases.
  • CDC better protects people with data from these projects. Examples include identifying places where vector-borne diseases spread, improving outbreak responses, and strengthening control practices.
Photo of a vector-borne disease researcher working in a laboratory

Research topics

In 2023, CDC awarded more than $7 million to eight institutions. Research topics in 2023 and previous years include:

  • Identifying and assessing effective communication methods for mosquito-borne disease prevention
  • Assessing enhanced diagnostic procedures
  • Evaluating affordable, acceptable tick bite prevention and tick control strategies on high-use public lands in Lyme disease endemic areas
  • Strengthening Lyme disease surveillance and research
  • Improving dengue clinical management through medical education
  • Addressing critical gaps in controlling Aedes aegypti mosquitoes within households and communities by using outdoor residual insecticide applications