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Recording Available: CIRA Symposium – "Addressing HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian Settings: Perspectives from Lebanon"

Refugees in LebanonThank you for your interest and participation in the symposium that took place on Monday, December 7. We hope you found the sessions and connection with colleagues to be informative. The recording and event materials are now available here. We are forwarding questions that could not be answered during the live session to our panelists for a brief response, after which we will share with symposium participants.

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  • Building Bridges for Health Equity: Clinical Scholars Leadership Lessons
    Date: Tuesday, December 15, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
    Description: This session brings together four RWJF Clinical Scholars' alumni to share their lessons learned from working on complex issues of youth mental health, foster care, oral health, and opioid addictions.
  • Yale School of Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences Seminar: "Drawing Outside of the Lines: Intricate Identities, Intersectional Stressors, and the Complexity of Stigma in Public Health"
    Date: Tuesday, December 15, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Speaker: Skyler Jackson, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
    Zoom link will be provided
    Further Details
  • Ending the HIV Epidemic Regional Learning Collaborative - At-Home HIV Testing
    Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Description: Join this session for implementation stories, best practices, and lessons learned from organizations currently implementing at-home HIV testing in California.
  • Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) Seminar Series: "Learning from and Listening to Implementation Partners: Building on Partner Expertise to Enhance Implementation Science Research"
    Date: Wednesday, December 16, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Speakers: Debbie Humphries, Yale University and Natasha Ray, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
    Description: An overview of the genesis and development of the Community REsearch Activity Assessment Tool (CREAT) to assess research activity and capacity of community organizations will be presented.
    Contact William Tootle ( to request the Zoom link.
    Further Details
  • COVID-19, HIV, and Housing Instability
    Date: Thursday, December 17, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
    Description: This program will cover linking homeless/housing insecure people with HIV to safe places to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Yale LGBTQ+ Affinity Group Presents: Are You The One? Finding the Therapist Of Your Dreams!
    Date: Thursday, December 17, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Description: Join this interactive workshop where we will learn about how to find a therapist and discuss tips on where to look and how to ask the questions that will help you get closer to finding The One.
    Speakers: Selima Jumarali, MA, University of Batlimore County and Danielle Chiaramonte, PhD, Yale Postdoctoral Fellow
    Further Details
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)
    Date: Friday, December 18, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Natalie Leblanc, University of Rochester School of Nursing
    Title: "Utilizing a Qualitative Dyadic Approach: Lessons Learned/-ing from a Pilot Study with Black Heterosexual/Opposite-sex (BHOS) Couples"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • Coronavirus Conversations: Restoring Faith in Public Science Agencies
    Date: Friday, December 18, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
    Description: This will be a fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Alan Alda.
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Papers: JIAS The Impact of COVID-19 on Differentiated Service Delivery for HIV
    Submission Due Date: January 6, 2021
    Further Details
  • Request for Information: Research Opportunities Related to the NIH Scientific Workshop on Violence and Related Health Outcomes in Sexual and Gender Minority Communities
    Submission Due Date: January 29, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: AJPH COVID-19, Racism, and Public Health Infrastructure
    Submission Due Date: January 31, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: JSAT Care and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Studies from around the World
    Submission Due Date: May 31, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Abstracts: JAIDS Supplement on Implementation Science Contributions to Ending the HIV Epidemic
    Deadline for Concept Submission: January 18, 2021
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) Competitive Awards
    Application Due Date: December 28 at 2:00 pm
    Eligibility: community-based organizations, public libraries, health departments or agencies
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplement for Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues
    First Available Due Date: December 16, 2020
    Expiration Date: March 06, 2021
    Further Details
  • Implementation Research Consortium to Accelerate Impact of Health Department-Delivered HIV Prevention Activities (RFA-PS-21-002)
    Application Due Date(s): January 28, 2021
    Further Details
  • Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Open Date: April 7, 2021
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): N/A
    Further Details
  • Promoting Viral Suppression among Individuals from Health Disparity Populations Engaged in HIV Care (R01 Clinical Trial Required)
    Open Date: December 15, 2020
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 15, 2020
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): January 15, 2021
    Further Details
  • Detection of HIV for Self-Testing (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
    Open Date: February 17, 2021
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): March 17, 2021; March 17, 2022; March 17, 2023
    Further Details
  • Mood Disorders in People Living with HIV: Mechanisms and Pathways (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
    Open Date: February 10, 2021
    AIDS application date March 10, 2021
    Further Details



  • UNAIDS World AIDS Day 2020 Report: Prevailing Against Pandemics by Putting People at the Centre
    As COVID-19 pushes the AIDS response even further off track and the 2020 targets are missed, UNAIDS is urging countries to adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
    Further Details
  • Vital Signs: Deaths Among Persons with Diagnosed HIV Infection, United States, 2010–2018 (published November 2020)
    Further Details
  • Webinar Recording: Substance Use Disorders and Stigma: Research, Racial Disparities and Promising Approaches
    Materials from a virtual briefing held on November 19, 2020 and hosted by the Addiction Policy Forum and the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation. Presenters discussed the latest research on stigma, the interplay of racial disparities and stigma and promising approaches to end the stigma surrounding addiction.
    Further Details
  • Harm Reduction Laws in the United States
    This survey of state laws, developed by the Harm Reduction Legal Project, outlines how the legal landscape in each state may affect access to harm reduction services and supplies.
    Further Details

NOTE: All times expressed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. All dates refer to 2020 unless otherwise noted.


Spotlight on CIRA

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

  • Fri, December 18, Noon-1:30 pm - "Utilizing a Qualitative Dyadic Approach: Lessons Learned/-ing from a Pilot Study with Black Heterosexual/Opposite-sex (BHOS) Couples": Natalie Leblanc, University of Rochester School of Nursing

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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