Dharam Ablashi Research Fund – Pilot Grant Program

The Dharam Ablashi Research Fund Pilot Grants were made possible by a generous grant in honor of Dharam Ablashi, co-discoverer of HHV-6, in recognition of his service to the field. The grants are intended for investigators to generate pilot data for larger grant proposals.

Grant deadlines

July 24, 2023

Dharam Ablashi, DVM, co-discoverer of HHV-6, Scientific Director, HHV-6 Foundation

Application Procedure


Peer Review & Assistance

Proposals will be evaluated by the HHV-6 Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, plus selected outside experts, under the direction of the Scientific Director. See Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Director and associated experts are also available for ongoing advice once the project has begun and for pre-application assistance.

Eligibility & Conditions

These grants are available to investigators at established research institutions.  Grants are available to citizens of any country.

Funding for Pilot Research Projects is limited to a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs for one year. The Foundation will not fund major items of equipment, salary for principal investigator or extensive travel. The Foundation may add an amount for indirect costs up to 10% of the sum requested by the principal investigator to be paid to the investigator’s institution.

At the termination of the Pilot Research project, the investigator is asked to prepare a detailed report of the findings and account for the expenditures within 30 days.

Proposals should be brief, with the project description strictly limited to six pages.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, and they are peer-reviewed quickly, with a response within 30 to 60 days. Please describe in detail the proposed economics of the study (e.g. costs for reagents, labor, equipment, indirect costs, etc.)


Applicants should please first complete our form by following this link.


After submitting the previous form, applicants should please send the required attachments to our email. Please use PDF or DOC/DOCX file formats. Please use this email link to send the attachments below.

  • Cover Letter (No page limit, within reason)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Grant Proposal (6 pages maximum, including budget)
  • (Optional) Supplementary Material

Although the Foundation is interested in supporting quality projects in all research relating to HHV-6, areas of special interest include:

  • HHV-6 reactivation in COVID-19
  • HHV6/7 in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • HHV-6A in infertility
  • HHV-6B in liver disease
  • Biopsy studies
  • HHV-6 & autoimmunity
  • HHV-6 latency
  • HHV-6 & mitochondrial disease
  • HHV-6 reactivation & fatigue
  • Antiviral testing of novel compounds
  • CNS disease associations
  • Inherited chromosomally Integrated HHV-6 (iciHHV-6)
  • HHV-6 in heart disease

Projects that are simply extensions of ongoing research or that already have ample supporting data will not be considered.


If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the investigator is asked to acknowledge the HHV-6 Foundation’s support with a sentence such as “This investigation was supported by a Dharam Ablashi Research Fund Grant from the HHV-6 Foundation.”  We also ask that an advance copy of the manuscript be sent by email to the HHV-6 Foundation’s Scientific Director, after acceptance but before publication.