Yale University

Pilot Projects in HIV/AIDS Prevention Research


CIRA no longer seeks letters of intent for its annual Pilot Projects in HIV Research Program. Thanks to all those who submitted.


Through the Pilot Project Program, CIRA provides scientific support to facilitate the development of rigorous and impactful domestic and international research with a vision towards long-term implementation, scale-up, and sustainability.

The goal of this program is to provide pilot funding to junior investigators and investigators new to HIV research, and support community-university research partnerships that stimulate applications for NIH and other external funding. The Pilot Project program emphasizes behavioral and social science research concentrated on populations at highest risk of HIV infection and studies that consider racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sex and age differences in the design and implementation of HIV prevention and treatment approaches. Aligned with the CIRA mission, the program promotes research focused on eliminating disparities in HIV incidence, prevalence and outcomes among marginalized populations and those with pervasive co-morbidities, e.g., substance use and mental health disorders.

If you have any questions, please contact Milena Stanojlovic via email (Milena.Stanojlovic@yale.edu) or phone (203-737-4444).


May 2017 - April 2018

  • Adapting an evidence-based intervention for stigma-related stress, mental health, and HIV risk for MSM of color in small urban areas (P.I.: John Pachankis, Krystn Wagner)
  • Barriers to HIV Care for Adults 50yo+, a Neglected but at-Risk Population in Ukraine (P.I.: Julia Rozanova, Sheela Shenoi)

May 2016 - April 2017

  • Assessing Local HIV Care Continuum Experiences in Small Cities (P.I.: Lauretta Grau, Thomas Stopka)
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation for HIV prevention among substance-using men who have sex with men (P.I.: Philip Chan, Jacob van den Berg, Trace Kershaw, Eva Jennifer Edelman)
  • A Theory-informed Education and Counseling Intervention for HIV-TB Treatment Adherence (TEACH) in South Africa and Uganda (P.I.: Luke Davis, Sheela Shenoi)
  • Rapid Assessment and Response to Substance Use and Risk of HIV and Other Blood-Borne Infections Among Displaced Populations in Beirut, Lebanon (P.I.: Kaveh Khoshnood)
  • Who's On Board: Parent, Child, and Provider Attitudes towards the Feasibility of PrEP Uptake among Adolescents (P.I.: Tamara Taggart, Tashuna Albritton)

July 2015 - April 2016

  • Implementing PrEP in a Family Planning Setting (P.I.: Sarah Calabrese)
  • Feasibility of a Multi-Sector Collaboration to Initiate PrEP Uptake among IPV-Exposed Women (P.I.: Trace Kershaw)
  • Developing a Comprehensive Model of the HIV Care Continuum in Nine Small Cities in CT, MA and RI (P.I.: Lauretta Grau, Thomas Stopka)

July 2014 - June 2015

  • HIV Prevention Needs among Unstably Housed Youth in Small Urban Areas (P.I.: Heather Mosher)
  • Estimating the Size of Hidden and Hard-to-Reach Populations Using Respondent- Driven Sampling (P.I.: Forrest Crawford) 
  • Implementation of HIV PrEP for MSM with and without Substance Use in Providence, RI and New Haven, CT (P.I.: Jen Edelman, Phil Chan)

July 2013 - June 2014

  • HIV Prevention Needs among MSM in Small Urban Areas (P.I.: John Pachankis, Danya Keene) 
  • Barriers to Implementation of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in Rural South Africa (P.I.: Sheela Shonoi)
  • Overweight/Obesity & Weight Gain among HIV-positive Prisoners in Rhode Island: Prevalence and Intervention Feasibility (P.I.: Amy Smoyer)