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Kimberly Hieftje Awarded NIH Grant for HIV Prevention Videogame

Photo of One Night Stan cardsDr. Kimberly Hieftje of Yale School of Medicine (and a CIRA affiliate) has been awarded $460,000 by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support her research on "A Digital Intervention for HIV Prevention in Black Adolescent Girls." The two-year grant will expand Hieftje's work, involving a multiplayer videogame designed to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about condoms, HIV/STI testing, and sexual risk-taking behaviors. Initially funded by the Women's Health Research at Yale, the videogame's prototype, a card game titled One Night Stan, was an effective tool for young black women; findings suggested that playing the game can lead to increased self-efficacy.

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Yale Network for Global NCDs Members Fight Global Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases

International flagsA group of Yale School of Medicine and School of Public Health faculty have joined together to form a transdisciplinary, collaborative network that addresses the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Known as the Yale Network for Global NCDs, NGN members have co-authored multiple publications and embarked upon a number of successful collaborations that have engaged other faculty and trainees from the Yale community since its inception.

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  • CIRA Cross-Core Meeting
    Date: Thursday, September 26, 10:00 am-11:30 am
    Location: CIRA, Suite 200, Room 202, 135 College Street New Haven, CT
    Presenters: Julia Rozanova, PhD and Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH, Yale School of Medicine
    Topic: Barriers to HIV Care for Adults 50yo+, a Neglected but at-risk Population in Ukraine (a CIRA-funded pilot project)
    Contact: Dini Harsono (
  • Yale School of Public Health Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Seminar Series: Ann Kurth, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM, FAAN
    Date: Thursday, October 3, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Location: Yale School of Public Health, LEPH 106B, 47 College Street, New Haven, CT
    Speaker: Ann Kurth, PhD, MPH, MSN, CNM, FAAN, Dean, Yale School of Nursing
    Title: TBA
    Contact: Kimberly Rogers (203-785-2912 or
    Further Details
  • WEBINAR: From Sapling to Redwood: Implementation Science Career Development Grants
    Date: Thursday, October 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
    Description: The webinar will discuss experience of investigators who have used career development awards, including K and T mechanisms, to grow capacity in implementation science individually and at home institutions.
    Further Details
  • CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series
    All meetings will be held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

Call for Submissions

  • Entrepreneurship Training Program for Substance Use Researchers
    Program dates: March 30-April 3, 2020
    Location: Yale University's West Campus Conference Center, Orange, CT
    Application will be available on October 1, 2019 (deadline: November 1, 2019)
    Informational video conference: October 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm (register here) and October 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm (register here)
    Further Details
  • Public Health Law Conference 2020: Call for Abstracts
    Conference dates: September 16-18, 2020
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Abstract submission deadline: November 8, 2019, 11:59 pm
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Women's Health Research at Yale 2020 Pilot Project Program: Request for Proposals
    Thursday, October 24, 2019, 12:00 pm - Letters of Intent must be received via email.
    Further Details
  • Broad PCORI Cycle 3 Applicant Town Hall Webinar
    Date: Wednesday, September 25, 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
    Further Details
  • Yale Institute for Global Health’s Sustainable Health Initiative Global Health Design Challenge
    Application due date: October 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    Eligibility: Yale students, residents, fellows, trainees and post-doctoral associates are eligible to apply.
    Further Details
  • PCORI Engagement Award: Community Convening Around Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
    Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • PCORI Engagement Award: Accelerating the Adoption of Tools & Resources
    Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00 pm ET
    Further Details
  • Research Networks for the Study of Recovery Support Services for Persons Treated with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (R24 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Application Due Date: November 19, 2019
    Further Details
  • Innovative Epidemiologic Approaches for Understanding Long-term Health Outcomes of HIV-exposed Uninfected (HEU) Populations (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Dates: December 2, 2019; letter of intent: November 2, 2019
    Further Details
  • Limited Competition: AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) (UM1 Clinical Trial Required)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 10, 2020; letter of intent: November 2, 2019
    Further Details
  • Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): December 3, 2019, December 3, 2020
    Further Details



  • UNAIDS Laws and Policies Analytics
    UNAIDS has launched a new website that aims to give a full overview of a country’s laws and policies related to the HIV response. It also allows to view policy data jointly with other data on the HIV epidemic and response.
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  • TIDIRC OpenAccess
    TIDIRC OpenAccess makes the online training materials used in the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) Facilitated Course open to the public. The free, online materials provide an overview to dissemination and implementation (D&I) research.
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Spotlight on CIRA

CIRA Cross-Core Meeting

All meetings will be held at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

CIRA International HIV Research Seminar Series

All meetings will be held from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

  • Thu, October 10: Thomas Guadamuz, PhD, MHS, Mahidol University, Thailand, "Circuit Parties as 'Risk Environment': Preliminary Findings from Thailand"
  • Mon, October 21: Marina Njelekela, MD, MPH, PhD, USAID Boresha Afya Program Deloitte Consulting Limited, Tanzania, "Performance of a Prevention, Care and Treatment Program in Tanzania: 2016-2019"
  • Thu, October 24: Reena Rajasuriar, PhD, University of Malaya, Malaysia, "Exploring Multidimensional Aspects of Aging in HIV"

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

All meetings will be held from Noon to 1:30 pm at 135 College Street New Haven, CT (Suite 200, Room 202).

  • Fri, October 18 - Title TBA

CIRA's Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core

  • Meeting Dates & Times TBA

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,

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Yale AIDS Prevention Training Program (Y-APT) and Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

Fellowship Opportunities at YaleFellows at Yale receive support from established NIMH-funded HIV research center and work actively with mentors from the Center's training faculty. Our two highly successful fellowship programs focus on:

  • Professional identity
  • Establishment of research program
  • Research productivity
  • Training in research methods and ethics
  • Participation in CIRA Community-based implementation scienceresearch

Visit the CIRA website for further information and application -

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