Since 1988, December 1st has been recognized as World AIDS Day in recognition of the global epidemic and a call to action to improve the response against HIV/AIDS. In 2018, almost 38,000 individuals in the United States were diagnosed with HIV, which can eventually develop into AIDS. The number of new diagnoses has also increased over the years, making this a great concern for communities, policy makers, and health professionals (CDC). Nearly all institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health conduct and support research on HIV/AIDS in an effort to improve human health and quality of life. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is Resilience and Impact (HIV.gov).
In observance of this day, NIH’s Office of AIDS Research is hosting an event titled, Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected (Event Link). Leaders in HIV/AIDS research and policy will gather virtually to discuss community engagement and capacity building to sustain the future of AIDS researchers and advocates. The event is 8a-9:30a PT on December 1st, at no cost: https://www.oar.nih.gov/news-and-events/meetings-events/world-aids-day-2020
The HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP), sponsored by NLM and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, recently announced its Requests for Proposals for the 2021 funding cycle.
NLM recognizes that people and communities benefit from having access to quality, accurate information about HIV/AIDS, especially as new treatment and management methods evolve with new research. According to the award announcement, “ACIOP is a competitive awards program offered to community-based organizations and libraries to improve HIV/AIDS health information access, with a focus on NIH/HHS resources.” Submitted projects must address at least one of these areas:
For more information and application materials about the funding opportunity, please refer to the Request for Proposals page. Deadline for proposal submission is December 28, 2020 at 11AM PT/2PM ET.