The Congenital and Perinatal Infections Consortium (CPIC) Scholars Program impacts the research career development of the next generation of rare diseases researchers focusing on congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease, neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection, and neonatal enterovirus (EV) and parechovirus (HPeV) sepsis. The Program promotes the development of research skills and knowledge in support of a diverse, innovative, and ethically rigorous research base. The Program provides didactic and experiential training in clinical and translational research in order to enhance scientific knowledge and foster an understanding of stakeholder perspectives unique to the rare disease patient cohort. This is not an NIH K program; there is no stipend or effort funded. However, Scholar designation provides access to training opportunities through the NIH Rare Diseases Consortium Research Network and funds for travel to meetings and mini-sabbatical experiences (as allowed).

The CPIC Scholars Program is open to late-stage infectious disease fellows and early stage faculty. Applications are being accepted now on a rolling basis. Scholars will commit to engage in CPIC research at their home institution, participate in monthly online training seminars led by research faculty across the RDCRN, and learn from Patient Advocacy Group representatives in an online setting that facilitates the current limited travel landscape.