NIH Announces Additional Funding Awards for Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Implementation Research Projects
Last month, as part of their support of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative, NIH announced 66 awards to institutions participating in the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the NIMH AIDS Research Centers (ARC) programs. This was the fourth year of NIH investments in EHE-focused research projects. These new awards total $26 million and will support research in 33 of the EHE priority jurisdictions to strengthen research-community collaborations and enhance the implementation science knowledge base needed to end the HIV epidemic.
The awards were made for research projects in five categories:
- Applying behavioral economic approaches to design implementation strategies for HIV testing, prevention, and care
- Equity-focused approaches to reduce HIV-related health disparities
- Implementation strategies to facilitating a status neutral approach to HIV prevention and treatment
- Planning projects to support participatory data science research efforts toward ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S.
- Strategic alliances across jurisdictions to reach EHE goals through implementation research
All projects involve partnerships between CFAR/ARC investigators and local health officials and community groups in one or more EHE jurisdictions.
Also included in the recent awards are four new and five continuing EHE implementation science consultation hubs and the Implementation Science Coordination Initiative.