Letters of Intent due: November 1st
Full proposals from applicants with accepted LOIs are due on Monday, January 22, 2024.
The Providence/Boston CFAR International Research Award Program offers initial and pilot awards to investigators in Kenya, Philippines, and South Africa. Each of these focus countries offer an existing academic affiliation with Brown and/or Boston University at the following institutions:
- Kenya – Moi University & Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital
- Philippines – University of the Philippines
- South Africa - University of Cape Town, South African Medical Research Council, Stellenbosch University, and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
Applications are accepted for International Research Awards and provides support for three types of projects:
Initial AIDS Research Projects
Eligible candidates are international basic or clinical investigators who do not have previous or current independent NIH research support, or equivalent foundation research support. The major goal is to provide support for international early-stage investigators to carry out mentored research that will provide the background for an NIH or other international agency (USAID, UNAIDS, WHO, etc) application for HIV/AIDS funding.
Eligible candidates are international basic or clinical investigators who may have NIH or international agency funding in other disciplines, but are new to HIV/AIDS research. The major goal is to provide support to foster interdisciplinary AIDS-related research among our international researchers and their institutions.
Community Engaged Research Awards
Eligible candidates are international basic or clinical investigators who have not yet received R01 type funding from the NIH or other international agencies (USAID, UNAIDS, WHO, etc.) in the HIV/AIDS field, and who collaborate with a community-based organization. The goal of the Community Engaged Research Award is to provide pilot research funds to Co-Principal Investigator teams consisting of one academic investigator and one community-based investigator. These award funds will be shared between the academic institution and the community-based organization.
**If you are interested in submitting a Community Engaged Research Award application, you must contact Dr. Benjamin Linas (Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submitting a Letter of Intent in order to confirm that the proposed project is appropriate for this funding opportunity.
International Research Mentors
All international applicants must have a Providence/Boston CFAR mentor for their International Research Award. CFAR mentors must hold faculty positions at either Brown or Boston University and have an academic appointment at or above the level of Assistant Professor. The CFAR mentor must be someone who has the time and expertise to provide mentorship in both the application phase as well as post-award. Mentors should be able to provide expertise and guidance in the development of the application and ensure that all required documents are provided for the review committee. If awarded, the mentors is responsible for working with each awardee in the completion of the required supplemental documentation. All international awards that involve human subject research must receive both international and domestic IRB approval. CFAR mentors will be responsible for facilitating the domestic IRB approval through their home institution. All international proposals are required to go through an extensive international and clinical clearance process by the NIH. Final protocols and consent forms must be reviewed by the CFAR mentor to ensure that the protocol and consent form are consistent and ensure that the required forms are completed in a timely manner. The CFAR mentor will also be asked periodically review research activities and progress reports with the funded investigators and to provide comments on progress, barriers toward achieving study goals (including research objectives, grant applications, abstracts, manuscripts, and new collaborations), timeline deviations (as relevant), and future plans and directions.