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 and dissemination of modeling and analysis tools for the scientific research community; and
  • Approaches to analyzing and comparing model structure and output.

Education, Training, and Outreach

MIDAS builds capacity and infrastructure for infectious disease modeling through programs to:

  • Engage public health and medical professionals, policy makers and the scientific community to understand the roles and utility of modeling;
  • 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, policy and academia; and
  • Foster international cooperation and collaboration on prevention and control of global infectious disease threats.

Policy and Decision Support

MIDAS supports planning, preparedness and response activities through:

  • Collaboration with stakeholders to provide policy and decision support;
  • Generation of analytical and decision support tools for use by the public health community;
  • Sharing results and resources with the MIDAS network, policymakers, public health, medical and scientific communities; and
  • Critical analyses and scenarios to inform policy decisions and guidance.

External Advisory Committee

The external advisory committee makes recommendations to NIGMS regarding scientific direction, resources, concerns and issues, evaluation, and similar topics.  The committee includes representation from user groups such as public health officials, representatives of the research community, and NIH scientist administrators with relevant expertise. Outside expertise ensures sufficient breadth and balance on the committee. NIH scientist administrators will not comprise more than 40% of the voting members of the external advisory committee. 

Steering Committee

The steering committee consists of two scientists from each MIDAS grant.  It provides a forum for discussing issues and is responsible for approving changes to existing policies and new policies.

Executive Group of the Steering Committee

The executive group consists of six principal investigators, selected by the steering committee.  The executive group members choose a chair and vice chair from among the six members.  The group’s functions include overall coordination and collaboration where needed, making recommendations to the steering committee, establishing and discontinuing subgroups, and keeping the consortium informed about decisions and directions.

Specific issues and functions could be delegated to subgroups, whose membership need not be limited to members of the Steering Committee.