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Taking Stock and Taking Action

Trace Kershaw as postdoc2020 was one of the most challenging in recent memory and one that profoundly affected the world around us and the work we do and support at CIRA. The COVID-19 pandemic created considerable challenges to HIV research, clinical care, and HIV prevention services. Further, COVID-19 widened existing health inequities that exist due to widespread and embedded structural racism and white supremacy that continues to impact our communities in many forms including police violence, stigma and discrimination, health care inequality and lack of access, economic oppression, and HIV disparities. Despite these challenges, I have been blown away with the work that CIRA affiliates have done over the past year. The CIRA community shown amazing innovation, dedication, and passion in providing care and services and conducted research to prevent HIV and improve the health and well-being of individuals living with HIV. In the coming year, CIRA will continue to support your important work and aim to lead in reducing the impact of social injustice and health inequities for individuals living with and vulnerable to HIV. There are numerous challenges that we face in the world and in the field of HIV, but CIRA is dedicated to work with you all to rise, adapt, and meet those challenges.

This year also marked a transition for CIRA, where I have stepped into the role of Director of CIRA, replacing Paul Cleary after 13 years of his transformative leadership. Paul's impact on CIRA has been immeasurable and I am humbled and a little scared to take over for him. My entire career has been shaped by CIRA. I started here 20 years ago as a CIRA postdoctoral fellow, and now find myself as its director. The importance of CIRA to me, comes mostly from the importance of the work it has done to eliminate HIV inequities and the connections and relationships of the CIRA community. I am honored to continue that work with you all in the coming years.

Employment Opportunity: Research Associate, Yale School of Medicine

Recruitment is underway for Research Associates to join a multidisciplinary team conducting NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to advance treatment of and HIV prevention among individuals with opioid use disorder in hospital and community settings. The Research Associate will be responsible for working with a high degree of independence and limited supervision to assist the PI, Dr. E. Jennifer Edelman, and co-Investigators with implementation and coordination of all aspects of the research project(s). Applications received by January 15, 2021 will be given the best consideration.

Learn about these positions and apply here and here!


  • Health Equity and Implementation Science - Dr. Ana Baumann
    Date: Thursday, January 14, 9:00 am-10:00 am
    Presenter: Dr. Ana Baumann, Washington University in St. Louis
    Description: Implementation of evidence-based interventions in low-resource settings nationally and globally with a focus on health equity.
    - RSVP
    - Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 573 507 3602, Passcode: equity)
  • CIRA Community Conversations: Anal Pleasure and Health Research: A Conversation with Bryan Kutner, PhD, MPH
    Date: Thursday, January 14, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenters: Bryan Kutner, PhD, MPH, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies & Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., LMSW, UConn School of Social Work
    Description: An interactive talk and forum to discuss anal health, pleasure, and stigma research, facilitated by CIRA Community Advisory Board member Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., LMSW.
    Further Details
  • CIRA IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)
    Date: Friday, January 15, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
    Presenter: Homero E. del Pino, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
    Title: "Entre Herman@s: Engaging the Siblings of Latinx MSM in PrEP Promotion"
    Contact: Lauretta Grau (
    Further Details
  • Leveraging Implementation Science to End the HIV Epidemic
    Date: Monday, January 25, 3:30 pm ET
    Description: Learn how the Implementation Science Coordination, Consultation and Collaboration Initiative team is supporting high-quality IS in HIV implementation research and coordinating efforts to produce generalizable knowledge across supplement projects funded through the Ending the Epidemic Initiative.
    Further Details
  • Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
    Description: The inaugural session of NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)'s speaker series titled Diverse Voices: COVID-19, Intersectionality, and the Health of Women.
    Further Details
  • Risk, Presentation, Treatment, and Outcomes of COVID-19 in People with HIV
    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
    Description: This is session 4 of the AETC Program HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Winter Webinar Series. This webinar will cover the risk, presentation, treatment, and outcomes of COVID-19 in People with HIV.
    Further Details

Call for Submissions

  • Call for Applications: LEAD Global Training Program
    Application Due Date: January 19, 2021
    Program Aim: The LEAD Global Training Program recruits and trains predoctoral students and postdoctoral trainees from universities across the US in various disciplines (Psychiatry, Social Work, Public Health, Pharmacy, and others) in the area of global mental health.
    Further Details
  • Call for Applications: Enhanced Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute (eIRTI)
    Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
    The eIRTI promotes the career development of pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and early career scientists interested in conducting research on substance abuse as it affects Hispanics.
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors - Early Stage Investigator Paper Competition
    Submission Due Date: January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm
    Further Details
  • Call for Applications: NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials
    Submission Due Date: February 15, 2021
    Institute Dates: July 23-August 1, 2021
    Further Details
  • Call for Participation: NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Health Scientific Interest Group
    This group is open to both intramural and extramural stakeholders including federal agencies, universities, researchers centers, and other communities.
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: AJPH 40 Years Later: Students' Perspectives on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
    Submission Due Date: January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST
    Further Details
  • Call for Proposals: Southern Connecticut State University’s Women’s & Gender Studies Conference
    Submission Due Date: January 22, 2021
    Conference Dates: April 23-24, 2021 (Virtual)
    Further Details
  • Call for Abstracts: 11th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2021)
    Submission Due Date: February 10, 2021
    Conference Dates: July 18-24, 2021 (Virtual)
    Further Details
  • Call for Papers: AJPH Pain and Opioids: A Public Health Crisis
    Submission Due Date: February 24, 2021
    Further Details

Funding Opportunities

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

  • Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science Pilot Programme
    Application Due Date: January 19, 2021 at midnight UTC
    While this is a global call, priority will be given to research proposals involving researchers from lower and middle-income countries (LMICs).
    Further Details
  • PCORI Funding Opportunities
    Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Date: February 2, 2021 at 5pm ET
    Application Due Date: May 4, 2021 at 5pm ET
    - Broad PCORI Funding Announcements
    - Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes
    - Improving Methods for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
  • RWJF: Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children
    Application Due Date: February 16, 2021
    Further Details
  • Notice of Special Interest: Research to Address Vaccine Hesitancy, Uptake, and Implementation among Populations that Experience Health Disparities
    First Available Due Date: February 05, 2021
    Expiration Date: January 08, 2022
    Further Details
  • International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): March 9, 2021; March 9, 2022; March 8, 2023
    - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed
    - Independent Clinical Trial Required
  • Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (R01 - Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): February 9, 2021
    - Further Details
  • Novel Approaches to Decrease Stigma of Substance Use Disorders in order to Facilitate Prevention, Treatment, and Support During Recovery (R41/R42 - Clinical Trials Optional)
    Application Due Date(s): February 26, 2021Further Details
  • NIMH AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
    AIDS Application Due Date(s): August 25, 2021, August 25, 2022, and August 25, 2023Further Details



  • Healthy People 2030 (published December 2020)
    The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has a new subset of objectives and a new set of health measures as part of the Healthy People 2030 initiative: Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) and Overall Health and Well-Being Measures (OHMs). Together, LHIs and OHMs will help public health and health care professionals, businesses, policymakers, national organizations, and community leaders set priorities and track nationwide progress toward improving health and well-being.
    - Overview
    - Browse objectives by topics

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 Sexual Health - January 14, Noon

Event Flyer CoverJoin us January 14th, 12-1:30pm ET, for Anal Pleasure and Health Research: A Conversation with Bryan Kutner, PhD, MPH. Bryan is a health behavior psychologist whose work focuses on healthcare engagement and stigma reduction, in an interactive talk on anal health, pleasure, and stigma. He will be in conversation with CIRA Community Advisory Board member Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., LMSW. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged.

Register Now

IRM Core Qualitative Research Discussion Group (QRDG)

  • Fri, January 15, Noon-1:30 pm - "Entre Herman@s: Engaging the Siblings of Latinx MSM in PrEP Promotion": Homero E. del Pino, PhD, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

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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