NOTICE OF SPECIAL INTEREST (NOSI): Research at the Intersection of HIV & Monkeypox 

The Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at Emory University is soliciting applications for pilot grants of up to $25,000 for one-year research projects that address the intersection of HIV and the monkeypox virus. Proposals must focus on monkeypox prevention, treatment, care, and/or vaccines in one or both of the following priority populations: people living with HIV and/or people at increased risk for HIV (e.g., men who have sex with men, people of trans experience, sex workers, people who inject drugs) who are currently on or actively seeking to be on PrEP.  

Applicants must be current Emory faculty or Morehouse School of Medicine faculty who meet the eligibility criteria in the below NOSI.

Examples of potential project areas may include (but are not limited to):

  • Understanding susceptibility, local transmission, risk factors for, and clinical outcomes of monkeypox in one or both priority populations;
  • The effects of the monkeypox outbreak on health outcomes in one or both priority populations;
  • Health equity research related to monkeypox care delivery or treatment for one or both priority populations;
  • Community-engaged research on stigma reduction and/or prevention messaging aimed at preventing acquiring HIV and/or monkeypox among one or both priority populations;
  • Implementation science research on the local response in the context of a monkeypox outbreak and the implications for HIV prevention/care delivery for one or both priority populations;
  • Monkeypox virology and/or immune responses in one or both priority populations;
  • Uptake of and immune responses to approved and candidate monkeypox vaccines in one or both priority populations;
  • Basic research, including use of animal models, to better understand the intersection of monkeypox virus and HIV.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Eligibility to be PI on an NIH R-level grant
  • Faculty or faculty-equivalent position with a full-time appointment at Emory University or the Morehouse School of Medicine as of award start date.
  • Meets the definition of an NIH “New Investigator” in HIV/AIDS. Specifically, prior funding as an NIH independent investigator makes an applicant ineligible ONLY IF the funding has been in the HIV field.
    • Exception: Investigators with prior independent NIH funding in HIV are eligible if they have not been the PI on any NIH HIV-related grant within the last five years.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: August 19, 2022 by MIDNIGHT EST

APPLICATION PROCESS

Project proposals should be submitted online as a single PDF document using the following link by midnight EST on Friday, August 19, 2022: https://bit.ly/HIV-MonkeypoxNOSI.

Submissions must include the following:

  1. Research proposal (limited to one page) that includes brief scientific rationale and specific aims. References may be added if needed beyond the page limit.
  2. Line item budget and budget justification (limited to one page each).