The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) welcomes LOIs for its grant program, which is designed to fund research with the potential to address critical research questions that remain unanswered in order to inform policy change and ensure better outcomes in infants, children, and adolescents living with and affected by HIV in resource-limited settings.
As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts health systems and affects human health globally, gains made in accelerating the HIV response for children and adolescents living with or affected by HIV could be reversed. Against that backdrop, CIPHER recognizes the need to strengthen service delivery models, improve quality of care, and sustain efforts to achieve the AIDS Free targets. To that end, the initiative will support research projects that could inform HIV policies and programs, thus accelerating the HIV response in grantee countries. Eligible projects include original research that can contribute to broader scientific efforts by answering parts of larger questions within the identified research priorities (e.g., sub-studies or the generation of important preliminary data that can help secure more substantial research funding for pediatric and adolescent HIV research).
The 2020-21 funding cycle will focus on service delivery for HIV and related co-infections for pediatric and adolescent populations in resource-limited settings, including research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV and related co-infections service delivery; and community interventions aimed at improving outcomes along the HIV cascade.
Grants of up to $75,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded.
To be eligible, the PI must be an early stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her/his terminal research degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS or equivalent) fewer than ten years before the application deadline and must serve for the first time as primary PI. PIs who have previously received a non-training research grant exceeding $30,000 are not eligible. Applications are encouraged from any country, however, approximately 80 percent of available funds in any given year will be awarded to applicants from (meaning holding a passport from) low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the World Bank classification.
Letters of Intent are due October 30. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by January 27, 2021.
See the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.