The U. S. Department of State’s National Institute of Health (NIH): Inviting applications for the funding theme-‘Reducing Stigma to Improve HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care in Low and Middle- Income Countries (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)’ to reduce HIV/AIDS-associated stigma and its impact on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and on the quality of life of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH).

Funding brief: The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate research on interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS-associated stigma and its impact on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and on the quality of life of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). Specifically, this initiative will support research on a) novel stigma reduction interventions that link to increase in care-seeking behavior and/or decrease in transmission; b) reducing the impact of stigma on adolescent and/or youth health; c) strategies to cope with the complex burden of stigmatization due to HIV and one or more comorbidities/coinfections; d) reducing effects of stigma on and/or by family members or caregivers of PLWH; and e) innovative and improved stigma measurement in the context of implementation of an intervention. The overall goals are to understand how to reduce stigma as a factor in HIV transmission, to eliminate or mitigate the aspects of stigma that limit beneficial health outcomes for the infected and at-risk individuals and communities, and to initiate exploratory studies to determine the feasibility of stigma interventions related to HIV prevention, treatment and/or care in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: PAR-18-732

Donor Name: The U. S. Department of State’s National Institute of Health (NIH)
Funding name: R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant

Deadline: 1st, August, 2018

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: Application budgets are limited to up to $125,000 per year in direct costs but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: April, 2019

Project duration: Applicants may request a project period of up to two years.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Higher Education Institutions
● Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
● Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
 Hispanic-serving Institutions
 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
 Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
 Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
 Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

● 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)

Other
● Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)
● Non-domestic entities are restricted to higher education and/or research institutions and other non-profit organizations in LMICs, which are defined by The World Bank as low-, lower-middle-, or upper-middle-income economies – Click to view. Hong Kong-based institutions are not eligible as applicant or primary LMIC -partner institutions.  If Hong Kong is included, a second institution in mainland China must be involved as the primary collaborating LMIC institution.
● Non-U.S. High Income Country Institutions are not eligible as the primary partner for the LMIC Institution, but may be included as consultants, especially if they present special opportunities for the proposed research. An LMIC-U.S. or LMIC-LMIC partnerships between institutions are eligible.

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.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)
● Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

● For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

● This FOA provides an avenue for investigators in the U.S. and LMICs, with shared interests in stigma research in HIV/AIDS affected populations, to establish collaborative research and strengthen and sustain research capacity activities. Therefore, one or more investigators from an institution in the U.S. and one or more from an institution in an LMIC (see definitions above, in the “Eligible Institutions” section) are strongly encouraged to collaborate on the application. Collaborations between investigators in LMIC are also encouraged to build LMIC networks. PLEASE NOTE: Use of the multiple PD/PI format is encouraged but not required. Where there are multiple PD/PIs, the contact PD/PI may be from the LMIC institution or from the U.S., but the PDs/PIs are expected to prepare the application jointly.

● Non-U.S. High Income Country based investigators are not eligible as PD/PIs but may be included as consultants, especially if they present special opportunities for furthering research programs

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
● About: Click to view
● FAQ: Click to view

● Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS): Click to view
● System for Award Management (SAM): Click to view
● NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code: Click to view
● eRA Commons: Click to view
● Grants.gov: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

● Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.
● Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) – All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
● System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
● NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM.
● eRA Commons – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
● Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.


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