CFAR Community Action Board Research Consultations

The CAB is the link between CFAR researchers and our communities, and our goal is to ensure that all people can benefit from scientific advances in prevention, treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS. The CAB provides constructive feedback and technical assistance to investigators on research proposals, grant applications, grant implementation, and research dissemination in order to effectively impact and engage communities affected by HIV/AIDS.  CAB research review may include the following areas: how to recruit community members into studies, how to work with vulnerable populations, how to communicate research findings to communities after the study ends, ethics, memorandums of understanding, and other community-related issues.  Letters of support may be provided after a CAB research review. 

Value added by consultation with the CAB

  • Access to perspectives from hard to reach populations affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Improve feasibility and acceptability of research methods
  • Improve NIH review scoring
  • Access to expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research and consent processes

Table of Suggested Consultations with the CFAR CAB

Phase of Research

CAB Consultation

Research Question Development

Research question consultation: discuss appropriateness and relatedness to the community (20-30min)

Proposal Development

Methods consultation: discuss feasibility, acceptability, consent process, recruitment (1 hr)

Project Implementation

Implementation consultation: discuss the development of protocols, educational materials, retention (30 min-1hr)

Optional: Implementation solutions consultation (30min-1hr)

Study Completeion, Research Dissemination

Dissemination materials developmet (30min-1hr)

"Meet the Researcher" events sponsored by the CAB (1.5 hour presentation and discussion with community members)

Please contact the CFAR CAB Manager ( to schedule a consultation with the CAB.

For more information about the CFAR CAB, please click here.