Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Planning Project Awards

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Planning Awards (Exp 09/29/2019)

The Third Coast CFAR will support the work of the Innovation and Implementation for Impact on EHE Scientific Working Group (EHE SWG) with EHE planning awards.

This funding will enable teams to form new collaborations, or to expand ongoing ones. These collaborations will plan future proposals for implementation research, evaluation, or innovative direct services in response to EHE (Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America). 

NIH (via CFARs), HRSA, and CDC (possibly in collaboration with CDPH or IDPH) are expected to release RFA/RFPs over the next year to support the EHE initiative and there may be a short timeline from request to proposal due date. EHE planning awards are intended to help local teams be prepared to rapidly respond to these opportunities.

  • Project period will be limited to 3 – 5 months and must be completed by 3/31/2020.
  • Up to $5,000 – $20,000 in direct costs may be requested.
  • Applications to be considered in the first competition are due on September 29, 2019.
  • The number of applications selected in October 2019 will determine the need for subsequent competitions. Interested collaborators are encouraged to submit full applications by September 29, 2019.

To streamline the application and award process, teams must work closely with SWG leadership prior to submission, starting as early as possible.

Team eligibility
Projects must be led by a collaborative, co-principal investigator team:

  • The academic Co-PI must be a PI-eligible Third Coast CFAR faculty member who is either an early-stage investigator (never received an R01-equivalent award from NIH) or an established investigator who is new to HIV research. A faculty member who has current or previous NIH funding for HIV research as a PI may participate, but not as a Co-PI.
  • The community Co-PI must be employed at a community-based organization in the Chicagoland area that is either: (a) engaged in NIH-funded HIV research, (b) providing HRSA-funded services, or (c) providing CDC-funded services. Organizations that receive HRSA or CDC funds through CDPH or IDPH are eligible.

Biosketches and CVs are accepted for only the academic and community Co-PIs. Other faculty or staff involved in the planning project should not be listed as key personnel.

Planning project requirements
A proposal must be for a new project or idea that is distinct from, but could build upon, prior or ongoing work. The goal of the project should be to establish or enhance partnerships by planning how the team will respond to EHE RFA/RFPs in the future. Planning projects should innovate, enhance implementation, or address high priority gaps in one or more of the four pillars of the EHE initiative:

  • Diagnose
  • Treat
  • Prevent
  • Respond

Allowable scope of work
The primary purpose of these awards is to plan a research-practice partnership. Therefore, collecting new pilot data and/or human subjects research are not required or an advantage. Teams are encouraged to formulate their plans by examining existing programmatic or clinical data and/or by soliciting feedback from stakeholders (staff or community). Exceptions to allow pilot data collection and/or human subjects research may be made for projects that already have IRB approval, maximizing feasibility in the short time frame required for these projects.

Read the full RFA