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AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference

Prizes and awards

Nominations for 2024 Robert Carr Research Award are now open

The Robert Carr Research Award celebrates Robert’s vision of collaboration between community organizations, academic researchers and advocates to advance human rights-based policies and practices in the HIV response. The prize is driven by Robert’s commitment to translating findings from research collaborations between community and academic partners into tangible policy development and advocacy efforts. This year’s winners will be announced during the biannual Robert Carr Memorial Lecture at AIDS 2024.

The award consists of the following components:

  • Coverage of travel expenses and conference registration fees to attend AIDS 2024
  • Certificate and award art
  • Invitation to deliver the keynote address for the Robert Carr Memorial Lecture and presentation of the award

Submit nomination


Nominations are accepted until 10 May.

Eligibility criteria

The award aims to highlight a research project conducted by a community-academia partnership. To be eligible for the award, the research project must meet the following criteria:

  • It was conducted by a community-academia partnership in which all partners were equally involved in designing the study, collecting and analysing the data, and disseminating the results.
  • It has led to evidence-based programmes and/or influenced policies in the field of HIV to guide a human rights-based response to HIV.

For the 2024 edition, preference will be given to projects that address issues of youth leadership and activism and the use of digital technologies.


The International Council of Aids Service Organizations (ICASO) coordinates the Robert Carr Research Award. Please feel free to ask any questions about nominating procedures or eligibility by email. For more information about the award and lecture, please visit Robert Carr Research Award page.

Prudence Mabele Prize

The Prudence Mabele Prize is a USD 25,000 endowment named in honour of the life and work of Prudence Mabele, a trailblazing activist for the rights of women and people living with HIV. In 1992, she became the first Black woman to publicly reveal her HIV-positive status in South Africa. She was a founding member of the Treatment Action Campaign and founder of the Positive Women’s Network. 
IAS – the International AIDS Society – created the prize in 2018 in partnership with the Positive Women’s Network of South Africa through an endowment from the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations. The prize carries the largest monetary value awarded at the International AIDS Conference. 
The selected honouree will be a woman whose work and personal commitment best embodies the values, spirit and activism of Prudence Mabele.

Nominations are now closed.

Eligibility criteria

  • Nominations were invited for women making deep connections between the response to HIV, feminism and gender and reproductive justice. 
  • Strong consideration is given to applicants from the region where the conference is hosted.  
  • To honour and commemorate Prudence's early activism and the courage she showed as a young woman openly speaking about her HIV-positive status, preference is given to applications from young people (under the age of 35, according to the definition in the African Youth Charter). 
  • Potential recipients should match the values that Prudence embodied: 
  1. Innovativeness: Demonstrate the creativity of the nominee in their work, in line with the innovation Prudence showed throughout her life. 
  2. Perseverance: Illustrate the tenacity of the nominee in achieving their accomplishments. 
  3. Social justice: Exemplify how the nominee enhances social justice in both their work and personal life, with an emphasis on gender activism and vulnerable people. 

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