The Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS and Emerging Infectious Disease at Northwestern University (C-THAN) is now accepting applications for collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCTs) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS or the detection of emerging or reemerging infectious disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development.

HIV disproportionately impacts LMICs with the heaviest burden in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2022, 65.6% of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), 50.7% of new HIV infections and 57.5% of HIV-related deaths were from this region of the world. C-THAN was founded to support the development of vital POCTs specifically designed for patient management of PLWHA in LMICs and emerging infectious disease with an emphasis on the diagnostic needs of sub-Saharan Africa. 

The focus of this 2024 solicitation is to develop POCTs that address one or more of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Priorities and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases impacting people living in LMICs.

Applications from all sources will be considered including domestic or foreign, public or private, or non-profit or for-profit. Applicants from LMICs either independently or in collaboration with developers in high resource countries are encouraged to apply. Teams consisting solely of applicants from LMICs will be given special consideration. 

The application deadline is March 31, 2024 at 11:59PM EDT.

To learn more about this C-THAN funding opportunity and apply, please visit here.