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CIRA Pilot Projects: Letters of Interest Deadline - Monday, March 15

Pilot project - verify your idea!CIRA's 2021 Pilot Project cycle is now open. To submit a Letter of Intent, please complete the online form by March 15, 2021. This year, all CIRA affiliates are eligible to apply as PIs.

Relevant Dates:
- Letter of Intent Due: March 15, 2021
- Application Deadline: April 26, 2021
- Pilot Project Review Panel: May 2021
- Awards Announcement Expected: May 2021
- Earliest Start Date: June 1, 2021 (dependent on IRB and NIMH approval)

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact Katie Doucet (, Assistant Director of CIRA's Development Core. If you wish to discuss a project you are considering for submission, please contact LaRon Nelson (, Director of CIRA's Development Core.

Further Details and Requirements

Taking a Community-Based Approach to Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

>Dr. Ijeoma OparaDr. Ijeoma Opara's community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to substance use prevention and mental health services for urban youth was recently highlighted by NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins. An assistant professor of social work at The State University Stony Brook University, NY, and a former Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) scholar, Dr. Opara was a 2020 recipient of an NIH Director's Early Independence Award.

More from NIH Director's Blog


  • Yale School of Medicine Addiction Medicine Rounds: "The Dynamics of Infectious Diseases Associated with Injection Drug Use in Lawrence and Lowell, Massachusetts"
    Date: Thursday, March 11, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Presenter: Gregg Gonsalves, Yale School of Public Health, Yale Law School
    Further Details
  • A Conversation about Young Women and HIV
    Dates: Friday, March 12, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Further Details
  • Yale School of Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences Virtual Seminar Series: "Disclosure Processes Among People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders"
    Date: Tuesday, March 16, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenter: Valerie Earnshaw, University of Delaware
    Further Details
  • The Intersection of Incarceration, HIV, & Substance Use
    Date: Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Further Details
  • CIRA Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG): "Formative and Technology-enabled Approaches to Inform Decision Making in Persons Living with or at Risk of HIV: Reflections on the Past to Guide the Future"
    Date: Friday, March 19, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: S Raquel Ramos, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media Webinar: Access to Care and Ethical Issues in the Use of mHealth for HIV Prevention in LMICs: A Case Example from Malaysia
    Date: Friday, March 19, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Presenter: Roman Shrestha, University of Connecticut
    Further Details
  • CIRA Talk: "Are Governments and Donors Failing Key HIV Populations? What Does the Evidence Say?"
    Date: Tuesday, March 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
    Presenters: Robert Hecht, PhD and Claire Young, MPH
    Moderator: Luke Davis, MD
    Further Details and Registration
  • UConn InCHIP Lecture Series: "As A Black Man, I Got 99 Problems and I Sure Ain't Thinking About HIV at the End of the Day": Conceptualizing Stress and Resilience Intersectionally and Critically
    Date: Thursday, March 25, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Lisa Bowleg, The George Washington University
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA Community Conversations: 'COVID-sorting': navigating intimacy and risk
    Date: Thursday, March 25, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Description: Dr. Jack Drescher, a practicing clinical psychiatrist and expert on LGBTQ mental health, will talk with Dr. Ilana Seager van Dyk of the Yale Initiative for LGBTQ Mental Health, about how people are navigating risk and intimacy in the age of COVID-19, and potential parallels to HIV.
    Further Details and Registration
  • Intersections of Discrimination and the Prospective Mental Health of LGB Youth and Adults
    Date: Wednesday, March 31, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
    Presenter: Allen Mallory, PhD, Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar, The Ohio State University
    Further Details and Registration
  • CIRA Talk: Interventions to Address HIV-Related Intersectional Stigma
    Date: Thursday, April 1, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
    Presenters: Jasmine Abrams, Boston University School of Public Health; Devin English, PhD, Rutgers School of Public Health; Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
    Moderator: Skyler Jackson, Yale School of Public Health
    Further Details and Registration
  • The 2021 Women's Mental Health Conference
    Date: Apr 23-24
    Description: Confirmed panel topics include: Black Women's Mental Health, Native American Women's Mental Health, Women's Mental Health Tech, and Reproductive Psychiatry.
    Further Details and Registration

Call for Submissions

  • Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions to Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Research
    Response Date: April 9, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Abstracts: 2021 NIDA International Forum
    Abstract Submission Due Date: April 15, 2021
    Event Dates (Virtual): June 22-24, 2021
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • CIRA Pilot Projects
    Letters of Intent Due: March 15, 2021
    To submit a Letter of Intent, complete the online form.
    Further Details and Requirements
  • Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program
    Application Due Date: March 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm
    Eligibility: researchers in six New England states who are within five (PhD scientists) or seven (physician-scientists) years of employment following completion of training
    Further Details
  • Yale Women Faculty Forum Seed Grant
    Application Due Date: April 1, 2021
    Eligibility: Faculty, postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate scholars at Yale
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for NIH Grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Health, Structural Racism and Discrimination, and COVID-19
    First Available Due Date: April 14, 2021
    Expiration Date: April 21, 2021
    Further Details
  • RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
    Applicant Webinar: March 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm
    Application Due Date: May 5, 2021
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Multi-Level HIV Prevention Interventions for Individuals at the Highest Risk of HIV Infection
    First Available Due Date: May 07, 2021
    Expiration Date: May 08, 2021
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Promoting Viral Suppression among Individuals from Health Disparity Populations Engaged in HIV Care
    First Available Due Date: May 07, 2021
    Expiration Date: May 08, 2021
    Further Details
  • PCORI Engagement Award Special Cycle: Building Capacity for PCOR/CER for Topics Related to COVID-19
    Application Due Date: May 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm
    Further Details
  • Advancing technologies to improve delivery of pharmacological, gene editing, and other cargoes for HIV and SUD mechanistic or therapeutic research (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
    Open Date: September 25, 2021
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to application due date
    Application Due Date(s): October 25, 2021, October 25, 2022
    Further Details
  • Mental Health Research Awards for Investigators Early in their Career in Low and Middle-Income Countries (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Open Date: October 14, 2021
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): October 14, 2021
    Application Due Date(s): November 15, 2021
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Advancing Health Communication Research on HIV Prevention, Treatment and Cure
    First Available Due Date: May 08, 2021
    Expiration Date: May 09, 2024
    Further Details
  • NOSI: Using Data to Advance HIV Epidemic Knowledge and Program Planning
    First Available Due Date: May 07, 2021
    Expiration Date: September 08, 2024
    Further Details



  • Bisexual Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth) Social Media Toolkit
    This #BiHealthMonth Social Media Share Kit is a living document that will be updated throughout the month with additional partners, resources, and other shareable information.
    Further Details

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


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

  • Fri, March 19, Noon-1:30 pm - S Raquel Ramos: "Formative and Technology-enabled Approaches to Inform Decision Making in Persons Living with or at Risk of HIV: Reflections on the Past to Guide the Future"

CIRA Talk: "Are Governments and Donors Failing Key HIV Populations? What Does the Evidence Say?"

CIRA Community Conversations: 'COVID-sorting': navigating intimacy and risk

CIRA Talk: Interventions to Address HIV-Related Intersectional Stigma

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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