Center for AIDS Research Grants Program

The Indiana Center for AIDS Research Junior Investigator Pilot Grants program supports junior investigators embarking in an academic career in HIV/AIDS research. Applicants (MD or PhD) must be fellows, post-doctoral trainees, or faculty at the Instructor, Research Assistant Scientist, or Assistant Professor level who are on the research track (or wish to enter the research track) and have no previous or current HIV-related federal grant support (except career development awards). For applicants from IU Bloomington, Purdue or Notre Dame, a co-mentor from IUPUI is required to be eligible for this award.

Applications are considered in the broad area of HIV/AIDS research. Applications may be related to basic/laboratory, clinical, translational, behavioral, outcomes, or implementation science.

Award Amount and Duration

Applicants may request funding up to $12,500 for one year. Awards are made for one year with funding for a second year (if requested) contingent on progress during the first year and preparation of an application for external funding. Requested funds are to be used for direct costs (no indirect costs are funded) of the proposed research and not for the salary or travel of the proposing investigators.

Application

The proposal should be no longer than four pages (Arial font, 11-point type, 0.5 inch margins) and include a Title, Background/Rationale, Hypothesis/Study Objectives, Study Design, and Future Directions (how will this proposal support a future extramural grant in HIV/AIDS research). References do not count towards the four-page limit.

Please also include within these four pages a Career Development section outlining the applicant’s interest in HIV/AIDS research, mentor’s (or mentors’) qualifications, and training plan for the period covered by the grant award. An additional one page is required for the proposed Budget and Budget Justification. An NIH biosketch (new format) is also required from the Proposing Investigator and the primary mentor.

For questions, please contact Dr. Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.

Brandon Gufford (Mentor: Zeruesenay Desta)

“Prediction of Clinically Relevant Drug-Drug and Herb-Drug Interactions in Patients Infected with HIV”

 Amy Knopf (Mentor: Dennis Fortenberry) “Adolescent MSM Participation in Biomedical HIV Prevention Trials: Toward a Model for Shared Decision Making

Megen McHenry (Mentor: Rachel Vreeman) “Assessing Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children Born to HIV-infected Mothers in Western Kenya: A Pilot Study”

Jie Lan (Mentor: Qigui Yu)  “Combining Complement Therapy and Cell-to-Cell Transmission Blockers for Enhanced Clearing of Latently HIV-1-infected Cells”

Megan McHenry (Mentor: Rachel Vreeman) “Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Delays in Children Born to HIV-infected Mothers in Western Kenya: Phase 2”

 John Humphrey (Mentor: Kara Wools-Kaloustian)  “Viral Suppresion among HIV-Infected Children and Caregivers in Western Kenya”

Leslie Enane (Mentor: Rachel Vreeman) “Investigating Barriers and Facilitators to Adolescent Retention in HIV Care in Western Kenya”

Brandon Gufford (Mentor: Zeruesenay Desta)  “Prediction of Clinically Relevant Drug-Drug and Herb-Drug Interactions in Patients Infected with HIV: Year 2”

Christine Ludema (Mentor: Dennis Fortenberry)  “Mapping HIV testing and care providers in Indiana”