Yale University

CIRA 2024 Pilot Projects in HIV Research

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University (CIRA)'s 2024 Pilot Projects in HIV Research Program offers funding for preliminary and/or feasibility studies in HIV-related research that will ultimately lead to larger studies evaluating novel interventions or implementation strategies. This funding mechanism is not intended to supplement the costs of activities covered by another grant.

Download 2024 Funding Announcement and Application Requirements (PDF)


  • CIRA Pilot Research Award ($15,000 max, up to 2 awards) for research into reducing HIV inequities and/or incorporating key health justice constructs (e.g., social determinants of health, structural or systemic racism, and stigma).
  • CIRA Community Partnership Kickstarter Research Award ($5,000 max, up to 1 award) for supporting community-academic research partnership initiatives to promote equity in HIV prevention and treatment.
  • CIRA-Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) Joint Pilot Call ($15,000 max, up to 2 awards) for research on the syndemics of HIV/AIDS and noncommunicable diseases (NCD) in high-burden countries for HIV/AIDS.


For funding categories 1 and 2, we strongly encourage consistency with CIRA’s aims, namely:

  • Research into reducing HIV disparities and/or promoting status neutral HIV-related care.
  • Research approaches or methods incorporating key health justice constructs (e.g., social determinants of health, structural or systemic racism, stigma).
  • Studies that focus on populations at high risk of HIV infection and investigate how to reduce disparities in HIV incidence, prevalence, and outcomes among marginalized populations, including those with common co-morbidities such as substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Studies that examine the well-being of people with HIV or at risk for HIV who are affected by humanitarian crises (e.g., natural disasters, conflicts, forced migration or other displacement).
  • Application of implementation science, community-engaged research, health services research, or digital health methodologies.
  • Alignment with the NIMH HIV Prevention and Care Continuum, Co-Morbidities, and Translational Research areas of emphasis.


Letters of intent due: Friday, December 1, 2023
Invitation to submit full applications: Friday, December 8, 2023
Applications due (by invitation): Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Awards announcement expected: week of January 29, 2024
Earliest start date: March 1, 2024 (dependent on IRB and NIMH approvals)


Emerging and new investigators (including post-doctoral fellows and associates, research associates, research scientists, and assistant professors) affiliated with CIRA and/or a YIGH Faculty Network will be given priority, although associate professors can also apply as principal investigators (PIs). An individual investigator may only serve as PI on one proposal.

For questions about this funding announcement, please contact John Pachankis (john.pachankis@yale.edu), Director of CIRA's Development Core.