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USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The PEER program is an international grants program that is made possible by a Cooperative Agreement between USAID and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It is a 10-year program with a $100 million ceiling and was designed to support collaboration between foreign scientists and United States Government researchers. PEER-eligible countries may be found in the accompanying slides, along with examples of PEER projects with NIH partners.


The PEER Model invites local, in-country scientists to propose a research project that aligns with U. S. congressional priorities and country interests. Additional DC-based core funds are available to support projects deemed meritorious but are not necessarily aligned with the outlined research goals.


The 2018/2019 (Cycle 8) announcement will likely be the last call for projects. The solicitation and goals for Cycle 8 will be announced in the Fall on the PEER website. Pre-proposals will be due to the National Academies around mid-January and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due in the beginning of April. More information on the application process may be found here.


Those with questions regarding the program are encouraged to visit the program’s FAQ page.

More info:  General PEER Slides 2018

Two New Funding Opportunity Announcements

Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions among People Living with HIV (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Due date: January 8, 2019, by 5:00 PM


Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions among People Living with HIV (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Due date: January 8, 2019, by 5:00 PM


NIDA has just published a RFI seeking wide input from the investigator community towards its HIV/AIDS strategic plan. The notice can be found here: NOT-DA-19-015: Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments on the NIDA Strategic plan for Research at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction.


The deadline for submitting the responses is January 25, 2019. The responses must be submitted electronically

4th Inter-CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Working Group (CFAR-SSA) Symposium

We are delighted to announce that registration has opened for the 4th Inter-CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Working Group (CFAR-SSA) Symposium, which will take place on February 1-2, 2019 in Machakos, Kenya, at the Maanzoni Lodge, about 30 minutes away from Nairobi airport. 

The symposium will include two days of presentations in the scientific focus areas of PrEP, Immunology and Virology, Oral Health, and HIV in Adolescents, as well as a poster reception. In addition, the afternoon before the symposium (1/31) we will hold a half-day career development workshop for junior investigators.

January 31 – February 2, 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

Symposium Registration

Deadline: January 7, 2019

AFP for Prevention Symposium

The AFP for Prevention Symposium will be held on January 28-29, 2019. The location of the symposium will be at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA.

Stay tuned for more details about the symposium.

Letters of Intent now accepted for the American Federation for Aging Research's 2019 Grant

Here are the following grants:

  • Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty
  • Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology Awards
  • Arthritis and Aging Research Grant
  • Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging Research
  • The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

Read more about it here!

2019 HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis Conference

The Emory CFAR (with planning committee leadership and support from across the HIV & Aging Inter-CFAR Working Group) is co-hosting the 2019 HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis Conference on April 11-12 at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory.  The conference will open with a Pre-conference Mentoring Workshop on April 10th.  This year’s theme is “Special Populations Aging with HIV.”  


Please see below for a call for abstracts and mentoring workshop application announcement, as well as links to more information.  We encourage all interested early career investigators to apply!  Abstract and mentee application submissions are due on November 30th.

STAHR Call for Applications

We are delighted to announce a call for applications for the Sustained Training in Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) Program. This program aims to develop promising scientists into high quality independently-funded researchers whose long-term careers will make a lasting contribution to the area of HIV and aging mental health research, including neurocognitive impairment. The STAHR program is aimed at clinical and translational post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty from across the United States, with previous training in either aging or HIV research, but interested in gaining expertise in the intersection of these two factors. STAHR scholars will attend a 4-week summer institute in 2019 and an annual 2-day workshop over the following three years, which will be held at the University of California San Diego. There will also be a number of remote training opportunities available to scholars during the three years of the program.


Application deadline: March 1st, 2019


Eligibility: Applicants must be post-residency fellows, post-doctoral fellows, or junior faculty members (holding no higher than an Assistant Professor rank position) with a clinical or translational research background and prior training in aging or HIV research.


*Candidates with a background in aging research and those of underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply*

Please see the STAHR webpage for further information about the program:
or contact David Yassai-Gonzalez (Program Coordinator) at