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CIRA Pilot Program Information Session - Friday, February 19, 3:00 pm

CIRA Pilot Program Information Session flyerCIRA is holding an info session for this year's Pilot Projects on February 19th, 3:00 pm-4:00pm. Please join us to hear about the pilot process, experiences from previous awardees and reviewers, and common pitfalls in proposals. Panelists are Sheela Shenoi, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Tamara Taggart, Assistant Professor, George Washington University; and Development Core Director, LaRon Nelson. The Call for Letters of Interest will be released February 15th and this year, we are accepting proposals from any CIRA affiliated PIs.

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Contact Development Core Assistant Director Katie Doucet ( with any questions.

Dr. Yzette Lanier Named a Mentor for the APA's Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program

Dr. Yzette LanierDr. Yzette Lanier, a former Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) scholar and currently an assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, has been named a mentor for the American Psychological Association's Interdisciplinary Minority Fellowship Program (IMFP). The fellowship identifies, selects, and supports the training of ethnic minority graduate students who commit to significantly improving the quality of care provided to ethnic and racial minorities who have a mental or cooccurring mental and substance use disorder.

CIRA's Executive Dirctor, Sharon Mierzwa, Volunteers at Food Bank

Sharon Mierzwa distributing foodAs part of Yale School of Public Health's Acts of Service campaign, CIRA's Executive Director, Sharon Mierzwa, volunteers every month at one of Hartford's mobile Foodshare sites. "People across Connecticut are confronted with the difficult decision of paying for rent or heat or medicine, instead of buying food," Sharon commented. Thanks to her and all the other volunteers!

Credit: YSPH Twitter


  • Yale School of Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences Virtual Seminar Series: Venise Berry, "Racialism and the Media: Stereotypes, Biased Frames, Historical Myths and Traditional Racism"
    Date: Tuesday, February 9, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenter: Venise Berry, University of Iowa
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  • Yale's Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine (Yale-PCCSM) Weekly Research Conference: "Implementation Science: From Public Health to Clinical Medicine"
    Date: Thursday, February 11, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
    Presenter: Sandra Zaeh, MD, MS, John Hopkins University
    Further Details
  • Yale School of Medicine Addiction Medicine Rounds: "Using the Power of Play to Tackle Substance Use in Adolescents"
    Date: Thursday, February 11, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Presenter: Lynn E Fiellin, MD, Professor; Director, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, Yale School of Medicine
    Further Details
  • Serving People Where They Are: Strengthening the Social Safety Net through Syringe Services Programs
    Date: Tuesday, February 16, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
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  • CIRA Community Conversations: Can mindfulness promote the well-being of LGBTQ people?
    Date: Wednesday, February 17, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Presenter: Shufang Sun, PhD, Brown University School of Public Health
    Description: Dr. Shufang Sun will share from her clinical and research experiences on the promises and potential pitfalls of mindfulness-based interventions for sexual minority health.
    Register Now
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)
    Date: Friday, February 19, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Title: Roundtable on Codebook Development Issues
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • YSPH Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology: "Addiction Medicine Research at Yale"
    Dates: Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenters: Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine; Paul Joudrey, MD, MPH, Yale School of Medicine; Melissa Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM, Yale School of Medicine
    Further Details
  • Reflection on Policy Implementation Science: Growing the Field
    Dates: Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Further Details
  • Implementation Science Beachside Chats
    Dates: February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27, 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST)
    Organizer: The UCLA Rapid, Rigorous, Relevant (3R) Implementation Science Hub
    Further Details
  • Iterative, Pragmatic Approaches to Guiding and Evaluating Adaptations in Real-World Settings with Implications to Research Within the EHE Initiative
    Date: Friday, February 26, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Nominations: Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation for the National Institutes of Health
    Submission Due Date: February 22
    Further Details
  • Call for Applications: NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute
    Application Due Date: March 8
    Program Dates (Virtual): August 9-13
    Further Details
  • Call for Applications: Health Policy Research Scholars
    Application Due Date: March 17
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

Download a PDF compilation of active funding opportunities. Opportunities previously not listed are below.

  • Yale FLAGS (Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Award
    Application Due Date: February 12
    Eligibility: Current faculty member, graduate student, or professional student at Yale University
    Further Details
  • Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at the Yale School of Medicine (FRCS)
    Application Due Date: February 25
    Eligibility: full-time Yale faculty appointment (Assistant Professor or Instructor)
    Further Details
  • amfAR Target Grants: HIV Cure
    Log-in credentials must be requested by 3:00 pm on February 24
    Application Due Date: March 3
    Further Details
  • HRSA Using Innovative Intervention Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes among People with HIV
    Application Due Date: March 8
    - Evaluation Center
    - Coordinating Center
  • Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery
    AIDS Application Due Date: March 17, 2021
    - R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required
    - R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed
  • The Williams Institute's LGBTQ & Racial Justice Small Grants Program
    Application Due Date: March 19, 2021
    Further Details
  • SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and Consequences of Alcohol Use (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Application Due Date: April 14, 2021
    - R01
    - R03
    - R21
  • Exploratory Studies to Investigate Mechanisms of HIV Infection, Replication, Latency, and/or Pathogenesis in the Context of Substance Use Disorders (R61/R33 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Application Due Dates: July 14, 2021; July 14, 2022
    Further Details
  • NIA Academic Leadership Career Award (K07 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): standard AIDS dates apply (expiration date May 8, 2024)
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Aging-Relevant Behavioral and Social Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    First Available Due Date: March 4, 2021
    Expiration Date: May 8, 2023
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Effects of Smoking and Vaping on the Risk and Outcome of COVID-19 Infection
    First Available Due Date: June 5, 2021
    Expiration Date: September 8, 2024
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Medical Consequences of Smoking and Vaping Drugs of Abuse in Individuals with HIV and COVID-19
    First Available Due Date: May 05, 2021
    Expiration Date: September 8, 2024
    Further Details
  • NOSI: High-Priority Interest to Enhance Data Science Research Training in Addiction Research
    First Available Due Date: March 08, 2021
    Expiration Date: December 9, 2024
    Further Details



  • HIV Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Report: June 2018—February 2020
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) recently released this report that covers the lessons drawn from "a range of stakeholder outreach and engagement activities undertaken by OAR between mid-2018 and early-2020—including Requests for Information (RFI), listening sessions, community conversations, and site visits".
    Further Details
  • HIV Prevention in the United States: Mobilizing to End the Epidemic
    This resource provides an overview of the HIV epidemic in the United States, CDC's vision for HIV prevention, and how the agency is working to mobilize efforts to end the HIV epidemic.
    Further Details
  • Slides and Recordings: TeleHealthHIV Summit on Telehealth Implementation and COVID-19
    The virtual summit was held on January 21, 2021 and engaged national experts and peers organizations on how to implement effective telehealth programs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Further Details

NOTE: All times are expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2021 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

Register Now for a CIRA Community Conversation on Mindfulness-based Interventions for Sexual Minority Health

Shufang SunJoin us February 17, 4-5 pm for Can mindfulness promote the well-being of LGBTQ people?. Dr. Shufang Sun will share from her clinical and research experiences on the promises and potential pitfalls of mindfulness-based interventions for sexual minority health.

Register Now

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

COVID-19 and HIV Resources

Coronavirus microscopeCIRA has launched a webpage that provides a wide range of resources surrounding COVID-19 and HIV. The webpage will be updated regularly as new information and materials become available. The resources include COVID-19-related funding opportunities, call for papers, research tools and guidance, and many more. Contact Dini Harsono ( for questions or comments about the web page.

CIRA Peer Review Program

Peer ReviewAre you planning to submit a grant application? Do you have a manuscript in progress? Are you working on a presentation for a conference? Increase your chances for success by having your work peer-reviewed!

Why CIRA peer review? What are the benefits?

  • The spirit of our program is one of collegiality and respect; it is constructive rather than evaluative in nature
  • The investigator or author receives constructive feedback from a multidisciplinary group of colleagues with relevant expertise
  • It facilitates a discussion on how to communicate the content more clearly and effectively
  • The process allows the investigator or author to practice how to respond to reviewer feedback
  • The review sessions connect the investigator or author to a useful network for expanding knowledge and exploring potential collaborations across disciplines
  • It provides input on the relevancy of the proposal/manuscript/presentation to the funding agencies/mechanisms, journals, and audience

Email Katie Doucet ( for questions or to schedule a Peer Review session. Requests for peer review must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the requested review date.

Research Snapshot Series

Research Snapshot iconCIRA's Research Snapshot series features one page summaries of completed, peer reviewed and published studies conducted by our affiliated scientists. The summaries describe the reason for the study, the key findings, and implications for practice and policy, presented in plain language. Each of the briefs also include a link to a published article in a peer reviewed journal that derives from the featured study.

If you are a CIRA Affiliate and interested in submitting a brief for publication or just want to discuss the process, contact Pete Donohue,

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CIRA is supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant No. P30MH062294.
Trace Kershaw, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
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