19 July 2015 (Vancouver, Canada) - The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced open application for the fifth round of the $3.6 million research grant programme Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR). CNIHR is jointly sponsored by the NIH, the NIH-supported Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) and the IAS. Since 2010, the CNIHR Grant Programme has awarded more than US$16.1 million to fund 44 highly innovative research projects in the HIV field.
“We are proud to partner with NIH and CFARs to support the next generation of HIV scientists. It is critical to invest in early career investigators if we’re going to build on the historic achievements of the last 30 years,” said Chris Beyrer, President of the International AIDS Society and Professor of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
“The CNIHR program has been remarkably successful,” said Michael Saag, Director of the CFAR at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “The program has exceeded expectations of attracting new investigators, each of whom brings unique expertise to the field of HIV research.”
CNIHR encourages international and U.S.-based early career –stage investigators who have demonstrated excellence outside of HIV science to seek support to translate their work to address key scientific questions related to the virus. This year at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, 22 CNIHR recipients will present progress on their projects.
“CNIHR attracts promising early career researchers from a range of scientific disciplines and locations, including the United States, China, India, and Australia,” said Robert Eisinger, NIH Acting Associate Director for AIDS Research and Acting Director, Office of AIDS Research. “Previous awardees have shared with us that CNIHR has provided them with opportunities to apply their expertise and scientific knowledge to critical questions in AIDS research and to establish new collaborations that would not have been possible otherwise. NIH is excited to partner with the IAS, and pleased to see CNIHR alumni continue to work in the field of AIDS research as they progress in their scientific careers.”
Awards will be funded for up to 2 years, at up to $150,000 per year. CNIHR concept proposals are due October 16, 2015. New awardees will attend and be recognized at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
To learn more about CNIHR and to apply for a grant, please visit: http://cnihr.org/
About the IAS
The International AIDS Society is the world's largest association of HIV professionals. IAS members work on all fronts of the global response to AIDS. Since 2012, the IAS has been in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. www.iasociety.org
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visitwww.nih.gov
About Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR)
The CFAR program at the NIH provides administrative and shared research support to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality AIDS research projects. CFARs accomplish this through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services not otherwise readily obtained through more traditional funding mechanisms. The CFAR program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators, translational research in which findings from the laboratory are brought to the clinic and vice versa, and an emphasis upon inclusion of minorities and inclusion of prevention and behavioral change research. The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Washington, and the University of California San Francisco CFARs participate in the CNIHR grant programme.