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CIRA Pilot Projects: Now Accepting Letters of Interest

Pilot project - verify your idea!CIRA's 2021 Pilot Project cycle is now open. Click on this link for details and requirements. To submit a Letter of Interest, please complete the online survey 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.

Recording Available: CIRA Community Conversations: Can mindfulness promote the well-being of LGBTQ people?

Shufang SunDuring February's Community Conversation titled Can mindfulness promote the well-being of LGBTQ people?, CIRA affiliate and Brown University Assistant Professor Dr. Shufang Sun talked with Yale School of Public Health's Diane Frankel-Gramelis about her clinical and research experiences on the promises and potential pitfalls of mindfulness-based interventions for sexual minority health.

View Recording (Recorded February 17, 2021)

HIV in the USA

HIV in the USA mapA new Lancet series published on February 19, 2021, "HIV in the USA", outlines the ongoing challenges to ending the HIV epidemic and recommendations to overcome barriers to implementing HIV services, such as counseling, testing, treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and syringe services programs. The six-paper series underscores pronounced racial, sexual, and gender disparities; substantial gaps in domestic program funding; and due to geography and the patchwork health-care system, limited access to HIV treatment and prevention services.

- Overview of the series
- Read the series


  • YSPH Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology: "Improving Access and Quality of Addiction Treatment Across Settings: Local Efforts to Promote Change"
    Dates: Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Presenters: Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS, Paul Joudrey, MD, MPH, 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
  • Medical Mistrust and Distrust: Past and Present
    Dates: Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 pm-4:00 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
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)'s Global Health Satellite Sessions
    Dates: March 1-11, 2021
    Description: Topics include implementation science, telemedicine, health research in conflict settings, stigma reduction research, mobile health, and many more. Separate registration per session is required. These sessions are open access and attendees do not need to register for the main conference to participate.
    Further Details
  • The Challenge of Integrating STI Services within HIV PREP Services
    Date: Wednesday, March 3, 7:45 am-8:45 am
    Further Details
  • New Pandemic, Old Inequities: Impacts of COVID-19 and HIV on Marginalized Populations
    Date: Thursday, March 4, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Registration Required
    Further Details
  • Program for Art in Public Spaces: "Community in a Time of Crisis: Yale, New Haven, and HIV/AIDS, 1981-1996"
    Date: Tuesday, March 4, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Registration Required
    Further Details
  • 18th Annual Dorothy Awards
    Date: Saturday, March 13, 6:00 pm
    Join the New Haven Pride Center as they honor LGBTQ+ Nutmeggers that are having an impact and creating positive change for Connecticut's LGBTQ+ community. Registration is required. Attendance is free.
    Further Details
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)
    Date: Friday, March 19, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Topic and Presenter TBA
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Abstracts: National LGBTQ Health Conference
    Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021
    Conference Dates: May 20–21
    Further Details
  • Call for Abstracts: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Media, Misinformation, and Science Communication
    Submission Due Date: March 29 at 8:00 am
    Conference Dates (Virtual): May 13-14
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Awards and Programs
    Eligibility: Yale only
    Due dates for letter of intent and applications can be viewed in the individual RFAs.
    - Scholar Awards
    - Multidisciplinary Post-Doctoral Training Program
    - Multidisciplinary Pre-Doctoral Training Program
  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)
    Application Due Date: March 17 at 3:00 pm
    Further Details
  • Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH): Pilot Grant Cycle 7
    Letter of Intent Due Date: February 26
    Application Due Date: March 26
    Further Details
  • Partnering and Communicating Together
    Application Due Date: April 5, 2021
    - Funding Overview
    Further Details
  • Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
    Informational Webinar: March 17 at 2:00 pm
    Letter of Intent Due Date: April 30 at 3:00 pm
    Application Due Date: June 9 at 3:00 pm
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Medical Consequences of Smoking and Vaping Drugs of Abuse in Individuals with HIV and COVID-19
    First Available Due Date: May 5, 2021
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Long-Term Neurocognitive Consequences of COVID-19 in Individuals Living with HIV and Substance Use Disorders
    First Available Due Date: May 07, 2021
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Telehealth Strategies for Individuals with HIV and Substance Use Disorders
    First Available Due Date: May 07, 2021
    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 - "TBA"

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,

Did you know our eBulletin is Archived?

Did you know? graphicFor your convenience, we have archived all issues of CIRA's eBulletin. No need to dig through your emails to find an old issue.
View the Archive

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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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