The International AIDS Society: Seeking Applications for CIPHER Grant Programme – 2017/2018

16 Oct, 2017


The International AIDS Society (IAS) is seeking applications for its Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIVEducation and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme to fund research projects that contribute to the optimization of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV in resource-limited settings.

The Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme is designed for mentored early-stage investigators to advance paediatric and adolescent HIV research and to fill critical knowledge gaps that impede paediatric and adolescent HIV diagnosis, treatment and care in resource-limited settings. It does this by promoting and encouraging HIV research related to infants, children and adolescents, thereby contributing to scientific progress in the field. Scientific areas of interest include testing, treatment and service delivery.

Funding Information

Awards will be funded for up to two years and for up to US$ 75,000 each per year (including direct research costs and applicable indirect costs).

Research Priorities

  • Paediatric HIV
  • Adolescent HIV

Eligibility Criteria

  • The principal investigator (PI) must be an early-stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her/his terminal research degree (e.g., PhD, MD followed by research training, or MBBS) less than 10 years before the application deadline.
  • The PI must serve for the first time as primary PI. Primary PIs who previously received a non-training research grant exceeding US$ 30,000 are not eligible.
  • The PI must fulfill one of the following criteria prior to the submission deadline for the LOI:
    • He/she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., fellow, senior resident) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
    • He/she has a faculty or comparable position (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
    • He/she has an established position at an organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities.
  • The research project should demonstrate the potential to contribute to the optimization of HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV in resource-limited settings by responding to identified research gaps.
  • Applications are encouraged from any country, but preference (approximately 80%) will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the World Bank classification.
  • The PI must choose a mentor with relevant expertise in paediatric HIV research (a mentorship plan and letter of commitment from the mentor will be requested from each shortlisted applicant invited to submit a full proposal).
  • The budget should reflect that at least 80% of the direct grant expenses will be spent in LMICs.

To Apply

Letters of Intent must be submitted via given website.

For more information, please visit CIPHER Grant Programme.

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