UW Center for AIDS and STD

CFAS New Collaboration Grants

This application cycle has closed. Please see our 2020 New Collaboration Grant Award Recipients .  

We anticipate running the next competition in Summer of 2021.

The purpose of this grant program is to foster new collaborations between UW faculty, particularly junior faculty, and health department HIV/STD programs, health care organizations, and other organizations and agencies working in the area of HIV/STD in Washington State.  These collaborations should seek to augment the HIV/STD control infrastructure of the State and improve the health of Washington State residents through enhanced public health practice, clinical services, and/or research. The grant program will fund 1-2 projects for 16 months.  Priority will be given to projects that focus on or include areas of Washington State that are outside of King County, WA.

Eligibility

  • Current University of Washington (UW) faculty (including acting positions)
  • UW senior post-doctoral fellows or scientists initiating a new area of work that will lead to longer-term collaborations
  • Junior faculty being recruited to the UW

Note that applicants are required to have an MD or PhD or equivalent terminal degree in order to be eligible to apply. The award may be mentored or independent depending on the career stage of the investigator.  Applicants are allowed to submit only one application to this program per cycle.

Types of Projects

Projects must be undertaken as collaborations between UW faculty and a local health department, the WA State Department of Health, a health care organization, community-based organization, or another agency working in the area of HIV/STD in Washington State.  The program can support diverse activities designed to advance the health of Washington State residents in the area of HIV/STD. This can include research, public health, or clinical programmatic work designed to improve the epidemiologic basis for public health practice, improve clinical systems of care, or otherwise improve HIV/STD prevention and control. Proposed projects should seek to create new, long-term collaborations, ideally with the potential to attract new external funding. Potential topics of interest include but are not limited to 1) increasing the availability, uptake, and frequency of HIV/STD testing; 2) increasing the availability, use, and sustained use of PrEP among persons at high-risk for HIV infection; 3) increasing engagement in care among persons with HIV infection; 4) increasing the availability and use of condoms to persons at-risk for HIV/STD; and 5) developing clinical infrastructure to improve care for gender and sexual minorities (please see BREE collaborative report for statewide recommendations http://www.breecollaborative.org/wp-content/uploads/LGBTQ-Health-Care-Report-and-Recommendations01.pdf).

Budget Guidelines

Awards will be up to $50,000 per year for up to 16 months, and can only pay for salary plus applicable fringe benefits for UW personnel.  Indirect costs are not applicable and do not need to be budgeted in the proposal.  If non-personnel costs are required to complete the project, those funds should be provided by the collaborating organization, and a letter of support should describe that commitment.

Review Criteria

  • Impact and scientific merit of the proposal, including the likelihood that the project will improve the health of Washington State residents and advance public health practice locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Significance – Does the project address an important problem related to HIV/STD? If the aims of the project are achieved, will the project improve the health of WA State residents and advance our knowledge related to HIV/STI prevention and control.
  • Investigators and proposed collaboration – Are the PI, mentor(s), and collaborators well suited to the project? Does the proposal clearly demonstrate a commitment between UW faculty and a collaborating health department, health care organization, other HIV/STD public health focused agency, or community-based organization?
  • Innovation – Does the project employ concepts, approaches, or methods that are novel in the current public health environment? Is the proposed collaboration new?  Because this program is not exclusively focused on research, we define innovation to include new collaborative relationships or areas of collaboration that capitalize on the expertise of UW faculty to improve HIV/STD prevention and control.
  • Approach – Are the conceptual framework, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternatives?
  • Impact of project on the long-term public health infrastructure of WA State – Will the proposed project help develop an improved infrastructure for the prevention and control of HIV/STD? This infrastructure can include improved analytic capacity within a collaborating entity, improved capacity to provide clinical or prevention services, or other activities that will advance a collaborating entity’s ability to impact the health of Washington State residents.

Questions on the next application cycle can be sent to the Center for AIDS and STD at cfas@uw.edu.