Optimizing the HIV Care Continuum for Substance Abusing Populations at High-Risk and/or Living with HIV (R01) Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking applications for a program entitled “Optimizing the HIV Care Continuum for Substance Abusing Populations at High-Risk and/or Living with HIV”.

The program objective is to encourage research that examines the optimization of multiple components of the care continuum, such as HIV testing (identification) status, linkage and retention in care, and viral suppression for individuals with HIV for substance abusing populations at high-risk and/or living with HIV.

Funding Information

  • NIH intends to fund an estimate of 3-5 awards, corresponding to a total of $4 million, for fiscal year 2017. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.
  • The total project period may not exceed 2 years.

Expected Outcomes

  • Relatively few “new” HIV- positive individuals were identified in domestic settings, which may have reflected saturation of communities by recent testing campaigns, but also suggested that some people may beyond the reach of even efforts to universally offer HIV testing;
  • Linkage and retention in care were associated with the most “dropoff” within the HIV care continuum, often due to discontinuities in care, such as dropout between linkage and start of treatment;
  • Unexpectedly high mortality rates occurred in some studies due to the late stage of illness at which HIV-positive individuals were identified;
  • Linkage and retention were adversely affected by comorbid health conditions (HCV, for example);
  • Setting-specific issues related to staff turnover and receptivity to new or improved services, particularly in criminal justice settings and;
  • Medication assisted treatment and other addiction services often were unavailable in settings with high HIV prevalence.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Higher Education Institutions
    • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
    • Private Institutions of Higher Education
  • Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
    • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • For-Profit Organizations 
    • Small Businesses
    • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
  • Governments
    • State Governments
    • County Governments
    • City or Township Governments
    • Special District Governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
    • U.S. Territory or Possession
  • Other
    • Independent School Districts
    • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
    • Regional Organizations
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)
  • Foreign Institutions
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply.
    • Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically via given website.

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