The NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register. This RFI seeks input and review of the current overarching NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining AIDS Funding (NOT-OD-15-137). Feedback will provide information for the OAR to use in advancing the NIH HIV/AIDS mission and developing the NIH Five-Year Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and Related Research for fiscal years (FY) 2021 through 2025. 

Through this Request for Information (RFI), the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites feedback from interested stakeholders on a review of the NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities and Guidelines for Determining AIDS Funding (NOT-OD-15-137) now entering year four of implementation. The original Notice was released on August 12, 2015 to inform the scientific community of the overarching HIV/AIDS research priorities and the guidelines used by NIH to determine HIV/AIDS funding beginning in fiscal year 2016 for the next three to five years. 

The Plan provides information about the NIH’s HIV research priorities to the scientific community, Congress, community stakeholders, HIV-affected communities, and the broad public at large. The fiscal years 2019-2020 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV-Related Research was recently distributed and is available on the OAR website: (FY2019-2020 NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research). 

The current overarching priorities for HIV/AIDS research are defined in the NIH Director’s Statement of August 12, 2015 and Guide Notice NOT-OD-15-137 (​grants/​guide/​notice-files/​NOT-OD-15-137.html). 

High Priority topics of research for support include: 

  1. Reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS. 
  2. Developing the next generation of HIV therapies.
  3. Identifying strategies towards a cure. 
  4. Improving the prevention and treatment of HIV-associated comorbidities, coinfections, and complications. 
  5. Cross-cutting areas that includes basic research, behavioral and social sciences research, health disparities, trainings, capacity-building and infrastructure. 

This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation for applications or proposals, or as an obligation in any way on the part of the United States federal government. The federal government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the government’s use. Additionally, the government cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the information provided. 

Please click this link for more information about submitting your feedback.   

The RFI is open for public comment through April 13, 2019.