Since 2013, the Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) aims to accelerate an evidence-informed, human rights-based and integrated HIV response for infants, children, adolescents and young people living with and affected by HIV.
CIPHER Grantees have been addressing key clinical and operational research gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV.
They are doing this where it is needed the most, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); in fact, recognizing the importance of building research capacity, CIPHER awards approximately 80% of funds to applicants from LMICs.
The intention is to attract early-stage investigators – from inside and outside the field of HIV research – to address critical research questions while providing a unique opportunity for professional development.
CIPHER has partnered with the World Health Organization to develop global research agendas on HIV testing, treatment and service delivery for paediatric and adolescent populations.
CIPHER implements these global research priorities through its grant and fellowship programmes.
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Eligibility criteria and mandatory supporting documents:
1. The PI must:
a) be an early-stage investigator, i.e., an individual who obtained her / his terminal research degree (e.g., PhD, MD, MBBS or equivalent) less than 10 years before the application deadline.
b) serve for the first time as primary PI. Primary PIs who have previously received a non-training research grant exceeding US$ 30,000 are not eligible.
c) fulfil one of the following criteria prior to the submission deadline for the Letter of Intent:
• He / she is a clinical/research trainee (e.g., fellow, senior resident) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
• He / she has a faculty or comparable position (e.g., assistant professor, lecturer) at an academic institute or an institute whose primary mission is research.
• He / she has an established position at an organization with adequate research infrastructure to undertake the proposed research activities.
2. The research project should demonstrate the potential to contribute to the optimization of HIV diagnosis, treatment and care for infants and children affected by HIV in resource limited settings by responding to identified research priorities.
The CIPHER Grant Programme directly supports the development of early-stage investigators for up to two years to address research gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV in resource-limited settings.
a) Paediatric HIV (infants and children 0-10 years old, including the perinatal and inutero period, studies on mother-baby pairs and HIV-exposed uninfected children);
b) Adolescent HIV (from 10 to 19 years old).
Awards will be funded for up to two years and for up to US$ 150,000 for two years (including direct research costs and applicable indirect costs).
This is a unique “stepping up” opportunity, designed to give investigators the experience they need to compete for larger funding.
The grants are resulting in personal and career development, capacity building on the ground, and research that informs policies and programmes.
CIPHER is pleased to accept applications in both English and French.
To encourage more applications from young investigators in West and Central Africa, a least one grant will be awarded to francophone applicants for projects in West and Central Africa.
Applications for the 2021-2022 round are open until October 29, 2021.
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