The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently announced grants totaling $41.6 million over five years, to establish four Cooperative Research Centers focused on developing vaccines to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). No vaccines are currently available to prevent syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia. These grants will support collaborative, multidisciplinary research on the bacteria that cause these infections. At the end of the program, each center is expected to identify at least one candidate vaccine ready for testing in clinical trials. Learn more.