Due to the ever-present threat of an influenza pandemic, the NIAID Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) program was established to support the research agenda of the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan. Through this program, NIAID enables domestic and international influenza surveillance activities as well as research in several high priority areas. The overall goal of the CEIRS Network is to provide the information and public health tools needed to control the impact of epidemic influenza and the threat of pandemic influenza. The history and contributions of the CEIRS Network include a wide range of activities and outputs that inform and enable future research and preparedness efforts.

The CEIRS program history and accomplishments of the past ten years are illustrated in thematic infographics below. Each infographic describes notable aspects of the CEIRS Network.

History of CEIRS

This first graphic illustrates how worldwide events since 1997 have influenced the design and evolution of the CEIRS program. Also highlighted are notable contributions of the CEIRS Network to influenza preparedness and response and to the understanding of the complex epidemiology of the virus.


The CEIRS Today infographic depicts the composition of the CEIRS program today. By integrating surveillance with research and data sharing, the six CEIRS Centers have built a unique collaborative and synergistic network of investigators focused on increasing our understanding of influenza viruses. CEIRS investigators from around the globe are dedicated to building the knowledge and infrastructure needed to address the public and animal health burdens of influenza and other respiratory infectious diseases.

CEIRS Animal Kingdom

CEIRS investigators perform sampling in humans and animals that seeds research projects designed to better understand how influenza viruses spread and cause disease. This infographic displays the breadth and depth of influenza sampling performed by CEIRS investigators, across many host species, geographical locations, and environments.

CEIRS Research

For over ten years, CEIRS has contributed a vast amount of knowledge to the scientific community through research. The CEIRS Research infographic captures CEIRS research themes and metrics gleaned from the extensive publication history of the program.

CEIRS Network Data Flow

The enormous quantity of scientific data created by CEIRS is shared widely with the broader research community. The mission of the CEIRS Data Processing and Coordinating Center is to ensure the quality and timely distribution of CEIRS scientific data. This infographic shows how the CEIRS data and discoveries flow from the Network to their many public distribution endpoints.

CEIRS Toolbox

The CEIRS Toolbox infographic describes how CEIRS research activities result in the creation of research tools and capacity such as original research reagents, novel vaccines and therapeutics, and the next generation of trained scientists.

CEIRS COVID-19 Response

SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in December 2019. Shortly after, the CEIRS Network published their first COVID-19 related publication. The CEIRS COVID-19 Research Response graphic illustrates the Network's rapid and diverse response to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2.

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