NIH Awards Support HIV Epidemic Research Teams Working in American Communities

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Cross message from the NIAID Now blog

The National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $16 million to support implementation science research to advance the goals of Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States (EHE), which aims to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by at least 90% by 2030.

Approximately $15.2 million of funds have been disbursed to the NIH’s 17 Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the National Institute of Mental Health’s five Centers for AIDS Research (ARC) for 36 new scholarships one year. Of these awards, 15 will help develop research projects to meet the needs identified by EHE teams working in local communities. Teams will leverage existing and effective tools to diagnose, prevent and treat HIV in EHE priority communities.

21 additional awards will support projects that address the social and structural determinants of HIV using an intersectional framework. Intersectionality provides a lens to examine how multiple disadvantages combine to create systemic differences in HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care, especially in communities heavily affected by HIV.

Funding was also provided to continue to provide implementation science expertise through the five existing EHE Implementation Science Consultation Hubs and the EHE Coordination, Consultation and Collaboration Initiative. implementation science (ISC3I). Each hub will support these 36 EHE projects with technical assistance, coaching, training and advisory services. ISC3I will provide an infrastructure for collaboration and best practices for HIV implementation science.

The remaining $800,000 will support the final year of the two-year scholarships awarded in 2020.

A full list of 2021 awards is available online.

The projects are a collaborative effort of CFAR/ARC investigators, local implementing partners and community groups in priority areas targeted by the project. Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States initiative. These areas include the 50 counties and cities with the highest HIV rates and seven states with high HIV rates in rural areas. Partnering with communities is essential to developing locally relevant interventions that meet the unique needs of a community. In these geographies, researchers and community partners will explore how best to provide evidence-based interventions and services for populations facing a disproportionate risk of HIV, including Black and Latinx populations.

CFARs are co-funded and managed by 11 NIH institutes, the John E. Fogarty International Center of the NIH, and the NIH Office of AIDS Research.

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