Grant Program 2013 - CIPHER: for Paediatric HIV Education and Research

Posted by Jamal Fida Saturday, October 20, 2012 0 comments
Closing Date: November 26,2012:


The purpose of the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) Grant Programme is to fund, to a total of US$1 million, research projects that have the potential to contribute to the optimization of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV. The intention is to attract early-stage investigators – from inside and outside the field of HIV research – to address critical questions related to growing up with an HIV infection, as well as to examine the impact of HIV or antiretroviral perinatal exposure in uninfected children. Supporting and attracting investigators to the field of paediatric HIV research can help encourage innovative ideas and fundamental research that provide better understanding of key unresolved questions.

CIPHER has two goals:
Goal1: Invest in and promote priority paesiatric research
Goal2: Strengthen paediatric cohort collaboration 

A needs assessment, including a rigorous review of scientific literature and key informant interviews with technical experts, was conducted to identify the most urgent research questions in paediatric HIV research. The identified research priorities will provide the scope of the CIPHER Grant Programme. Only research projects that demonstrate the potential to answer priority clinical and operational research, outlined here, will be eligible.

Eligibility criteria
§ The principal investigator (PI) must be an early-stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her/his final research degree (e.g., PhD or MD followed by research training) less than 10 years before the application deadline.
§ The PI must serve for the first time as primary PI for a non-training research grant.
§ The PI must fulfil one of the following criteria prior to the submission deadline for the Letter of Intent:
1.He/she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., fellow, senior resident) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
2.  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.
3. He/she has an established position at an organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities.
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§ The research project should demonstrate the potential to contribute to the optimization of HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV in resource-limited settings by responding to identified research gaps [list of eligible research topics].
§ Applications are encouraged from any country, but preference 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 shortlisted applicants invited to submit a Full Proposal.)
§ The budget should reflect that at least 80% of the direct grant expenses will be spent in LMICs.

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