NEW R01 Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies t

HIV Researchers: Funding Opportunities for You

These two new R01 funding opportunity announcement=
s (FOAs) may pique the interest of investigators studying
HIV. Though they have different goals, each includes an intervention compo=

Note: Both FOAs have three receipt dates, the firs=
t of which is January 7, 2014.

Propose Prevention Packages

MP3 III may have you thinking of a music player, b=
ut it’s in fact the shortened name of this FOA: Methods for
Prevention Packages Program III.

Submit an application if you can assemble a multid=
isciplinary research team and meet these two objectives:

Devise optimal HIV prevention packages for specific populat=

Your chosen population may be a specific high-risk group, e=
.g., Native Americans in the U.S. or men who have sex with men in high-inci=
dence settings.

We strongly encourage studying populations that are most af=
fected by the epidemic in a given setting. For example, adolescents (< 1=
6 years old) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Perform feasibility and acceptability studies to show that =
a prevention package (a group of prevention interventions implemented in ta=
ndem in the same population) is acceptable to the target
population and the proposed study design is appropriate and feasible.

Proposed prevention packages must include both bio=
medical and behavioral interventions and interventions to
optimize adherence and minimize disinhibition (risk compensation). The bio=
medical intervention would ideally be one where efficacy is known so that t=
hese data can be considered in your mathematical model, a required applicat=
ion component.

See the August
8, 2013, Guide notice
for additional information.

Be in the (i)Know

What does our second FOA seek? Its title sums it u=
Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence=
=97iKnow Projects.

To expand just a bit, it’s looking for investigato=
rs to develop novel strategies that can better identify people
who are in high-risk populations and unaware that they are infected with H=
IV and link them to HIV testing, treatment, and prevention interventions.

Research areas of interest include:

Interventions to increase screening and testing for people =
unaware of their HIV infection, including those with acute HIV infection.

Mathematical modeling of strategies to reduce HIV incidence=
in these populations.

Clinical studies to determine feasibility and acceptability=
(up to Phase IIA) of novel interventions in these populations.

If you propose to conduct research in the U.S., we=
encourage you to study members of populations that have a
higher proportion of people undiagnosed with HIV-1 than the national avera=
ge as defined by the CDC.

For complete details on the opportunity, including=
other studies that would be appropriate, read the
August 8, 2013, Guide notice




Carrie E. Foote, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies

Indiana University-Purdue University

CA 306b, 425 University Blvd.

Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Phone: 317.278.8454


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