International AIDS Society’s Grant Programme

Deadline: 26 November, 2012
Open to: early-stage investigators – from inside and outside the field of HIV research
Grant: to a total of US$1 million


The International AIDS Society (IAS) is pleased to launch a major two-year paediatric research initiative: the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER). The purpose of the initiative is to fund, to a total of US$1 million, research projects that have the potential to contribute to the optimization of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care of infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV. The intention is to attract early-stage investigators – from inside and outside the field of HIV research – to address critical questions related to growing up with an HIV infection, as well as to examine the impact of HIV or antiretroviral perinatal exposure in uninfected children. Supporting and attracting investigators to the field of paediatric HIV research can help encourage innovative ideas and fundamental research that provide better understanding of key unresolved questions.

CIPHER has two goals:

Goal1: Invest in and promote priority paediatric research 
Goal2: Strengthen paediatric cohort collaboration

These goals will be achieved through a research grant programme that supports operational and clinical HIV research, capacity building, and the promotion and dissemination of research findings. CIPHER will also support and strengthen paediatric cohorts by convening stakeholder meetings, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and providing support to help address critical research questions.


  • The principal investigator (PI) must be an early-stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her/his final research degree (e.g., PhD or MD followed by research training) less than 10 years before the application deadline.
  • The PI must serve for the first time as primary PI for a non-training research grant.
  • The PI must fulfil one of the following criteria prior to the submission deadline for the Letter of Intent:
    1. He/she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., fellow, senior resident) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
    2. He/she has a faculty or comparable position (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
    3. He/she has an established position at an organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities.
  • The research project should demonstrate the potential to contribute to the optimization of HIV diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents affected by HIV in resource-limited settings by responding to identified research gaps (list of eligible research topics).
  • Applications are encouraged from any country, but preference will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to the World Bank Clasification.
  • The PI must choose a mentor with relevant expertise in paediatric HIV research. (A mentorship plan and letter of commitment from the mentor will be requested from shortlisted applicants invited to submit a Full Proposal.)
  • The budget should reflect that at least 80% of the direct grant expenses will be spent in LMICs.


A total of $1,000,000 will be awarded to up to 10 research projects.  Awards will be funded for up to two years and for up to $75,000 per year (including direct research costs and applicable indirect costs).


The application process for the CIPHER Grant Programme will be a two-stage process. All stages of the application must be completed by the Principal investigator.

The Letter of Intent:

  • should briefly outline  proposed projects, including background, specific aims, preliminary data and research methodology.
  • must be submitted electronically in a pdf file to [email protected] no later than 23:59 CET, 26 November 2012
  • Only applications in English will be accepted

Eligible Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee. Short-listed candidates will be notified by December 2012 and will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. Details and instructions for the preparation of the Full Proposal will be provided after notification.

For further details visit official website


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