MIDAS Overview

Facts at a Glance

  • Initial Funding Date: May 1, 2004
  • Funding Mechanisms: U01, U54, U24, R01, R35, DP2, K01, and F31
  • Total Funding for MIDAS grants (U01/U24/U54) in FY17: $13.8 million
  • The network consists of:
    • 3 Centers of Excellence (U54s)
    • 30 Research Grants (10 U01s, 15 R01s, 3 R35s, and 2 DP2s)
    • 1 Informatics Service Group (U24)
    • Career/Training (2 K01s, and 1 F31)


MIDAS is a collaborative network of research scientists who use computational, statistical and mathematical models to understand infectious disease dynamics and thereby assist the nation to prepare for, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.



MIDAS mobilizes its intellectual capital to undertake a variety of projects, many beyond the scope of any individual group, and conducts research on:

  • Dynamics of emergence and spread of pathogens.
  • Identification and surveillance of infectious diseases.
  • Effectiveness and consequences of intervention strategies.
  • Host/pathogen interactions.
  • Ecological, climatic, economic and evolutionary dimensions of infectious diseases.
  • The roles of behavior and behavioral adaptation in the spread and control of infectious diseases.
  • Novel modeling approaches.
  • Production of modeling and analysis tools for the scientific research community.
  • Approaches to analyzing and comparing model structure and output. 
Education, Training and Outreach

MIDAS builds infrastructure for infectious disease modeling through programs to:

  • Provide educational, training, mentoring and career development opportunities in modeling infectious diseases.
  • Deepen modelers’ understanding of public health, medical and policy interests.
  • Facilitate exchange of personnel between public health, medicine and academia.
  • Foster international cooperation and collaboration on prevention and control of global infectious disease threats.