Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS

Content From: HIV.govUpdated: February 10, 20224 min read


Each year, the federal government commits significant resources to the fight against HIV/AIDS. To increase the reach and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS services and programs, non-federal entities and researchers may receive federal funds in the form of direct grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to support medical research and to expand HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and treatment services in communities across the nation. Grants.gov is your primary source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.

Below, you will find quick links to sources of information about HIV-specific grants from various federal agencies. Read more about the roles of various federal agencies in the Federal Agencies and Activities section of this site. You can find links to the most recent blog posts related to funding announcements by using the topic tag “funding.”

Agencies and Offices Funding HIV Activities

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the largest grant-making agency in the U.S. The agencies and offices within HHS listed below provide grant support for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, care and treatment, and research.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC uses grants and cooperative agreements to fund research and non-research public health programs that advance the Agency’s public health mission. CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention maintains an HIV Funding and Budget page with information on current CDC HIV prevention funding opportunities open for applicants, as well as active grant programs for which awards have already been made. In addition, CDC’s National Prevention Information Network provides a database of HIV-related funding opportunity announcements from CDC and many other federal agencies, as well as funding opportunities related to viral hepatitis, STDs, tuberculosis, and school health. More information on CDC grants is available from CDC’s Office of Grants Services.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA makes grants to organizations to improve and expand health care services for underserved people. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year. The Program is divided into five Parts, each of which provides grant funding to eligible entities. Find information about HRSA's open HIV/AIDS-related grant opportunities.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH represents the largest and most significant public investment in AIDS research in the world. Almost all of the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) conduct and support basic, clinical, behavioral, social science, and translational research, that addresses the prevention and treatment of HIV disease and its associated coinfections, comorbidities, and other complications. NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Learn about these funding programs, as well as about NIH's budget process, grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. The agency makes grant funds available through the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Center for Mental Health Services. These funding opportunities support programs for substance use disorders and mental illness. Some of these opportunities have elements related to the intersection of these behavioral health services and HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention and care. Find information on SAMHSA grants and learn about SAMHSA’s grant application, review, and management process on this page.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF offers a variety of competitive and mandatory grant programs that are designed to promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Some of these have elements related to youth at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS. Find more information about ACF grants.

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

OMH partners with communities and organizations in the public and private sectors to offer financial assistance in support of efforts to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Read about current and prior OMH-funded programs. In addition, OMH Resource Center Information Specialists are available to provide searches on sources of f and non-federal funding.

Other Federal Agencies Funding HIV Activities

In addition to HHS, other Federal agencies support funding programs for HIV/AIDS activities.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID works in 100 developing countries in partnership with other governments, businesses, and private organizations to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. Grant-seekers can find links to programs supported by USAID, a key implementer of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, as well as directions on where and how to apply for USAID grants and funding on this page.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Information on available HUD grants is available here.