The NIBIB-funded Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $50,000- $100,000 for 12 months.

Proposals focused on increasing patient access to HIV viral load monitoring which may include the development of novel viral load diagnostics, field testing of assays in development or implementation studies of current or near commercial tests are of specific interest, and assays and/or devices focused on POC HIV viral load testing will receive the highest priority.

The proposed project may consist of one or more product development activities including developing and/or refining technology, clinical field testing, establishing test characteristics, obtaining feedback on user steps from end users, obtaining end user assessments, conducting market research on product concepts or working prototypes with distributors, implementers, procurement agencies, policy makers, or other relevant stakeholders, evaluating test implementation, and assessing feasibility.

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