The Human Virome Planning Workshop







The NIH is considering the possibility of developing a Common Fund program to characterize the human virome to yield greater understanding of the viruses we harbor and their impact on immune function and human health. Planning efforts are now underway, for potential launch in fiscal year 2024 or beyond. The Common Fund will hold a public workshop discussing the human virome concept on April 29, 2022, from 1-5 p.m. EDT. The workshop will hold sessions around three main concepts with discussion from invited panelists and moderators. The concepts are:

  1. Defining and characterizing the human virome in different tissue compartments in diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Outlining the establishment of the human virome in the neonatal period, through infancy, and into early childhood
  3. Describing relevant, diverse disease cohorts with appropriate longitudinal samples and clinical data available for the analysis of potential virome/microbiome associations with disease.

Please visit the registration webpage to register for the Human Virome Planning Workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Those who require reasonable accommodations for this event should email by April 22, 2022. 

A Request for Information (RFI) was issued to solicit information from the broad community about opportunities and challenges in elucidating the human virome. Responses to this RFI will be accepted through April 29, 2022. All comments will be anonymous and must be submitted via email to Please include the Notice number (NOT-RM-22-010) in the subject line.

This page last reviewed on April 12, 2022