cfar adelante program
As confirmed by the National Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) Initiative, there has been a dearth of culturally responsive research specific to the needs and concerns of Hispanic and/or Latina/x/o people even as these populations in the United States continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Adelante — which means forward or onward in Spanish — is funded by the NIH to help respond to that need.
Through the CFAR Adelante Program, the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) are working to advance HIV research in Latina/x/o communities by providing mentored development to early-career investigators whose research focuses on decreasing HIV-related health disparities among Hispanic and/or Latina/x/o people.
The CFAR Adelante Program is funded by the NIH/NIMHD and administered through two NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs): District of Columbia and Emory University.
Collectively, the DC and Emory CFARs provide oversight for three-member Adelante Teams who conduct two-year mentored community-based research projects that focus on reducing HIV health disparities among Hispanic and/or Latina/x/o populations. The CFAR Adelante Program is a cohort model funding mechanism, aimed at enhancing Adelante Scholars’ career development through formal and peer mentoring.
Adelante Team Roles
CFAR Adelante Teams should be supportive, diverse, and interdisciplinary. Each team consists of:
- A Scholar/PI who is an early stage investigator in HIV. It is not required that Scholars be affiliated with an NIH-funded CFAR. The Scholar’s role is to take the lead in:
- Developing and implementing their CFAR Adelante mentoring plan;
- Developing and implementing the Team’s research plan;
- Communicating with team members, study staff, and study subjects;
- Disseminating study findings to the lay and academic communities;
- And, developing applications for further funding from NIH.
- A Collaborating Partner that is a Community-based Organization that serves Hispanic and/or Latina/x/o populations. It is expected that the Collaborating Partner, in conjunction with the Scholar, will identify an individual who will serve on the Adelante team. The individual’s role is to:
- Represent the Collaborating Partner while contributing to the design and implementation of the Team’s research plan;
- Implement study-related activities as outlined in the research plan;
- Translate and disseminate study findings through the Collaborating Partner and other organizations and institutions that work with Latina/x/o populations;
- And, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and research applications that are based on project findings, for further funding through the NIH.
- A CFAR Mentor who is an NIH-funded independent investigator in HIV and is affiliated with one of the NIH-funded CFARs. The CFAR Mentor’s role is to participate in:
- The design, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of the Scholar’s mentoring plan activities;
- The design, implementation, and scientific oversight of the Team’s Research Plan;
- And, guiding the use of study findings to develop peer-reviewed publications and research applications for further funding through the NIH.
Applicants may request assistance in identifying a potential CFAR Mentor by contacting Allison O’Rourke, the Adelante Pre-award Project Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CFAR Adelante Program funding is provided by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a supplement to the District of Columbia CFAR (P30AI117970) and the Emory University CFAR (P30AI050409). Adelante awards are contingent on the availability of funds from these sources.
Funding permitting, we anticipate making up to four awards in the next round (Cohort V; 6/1/2023-5/31/2025). Awards are funded for two years and are non-renewable.
Applicants may request up to $100,000 in direct costs per year ($200,000 over two years) plus applicable indirect costs that do not exceed 100% of directs.
Funding may be used for salaries, technical support, laboratory supplies, equipment, and for research- or training-related activities including but not limited to enrollment in training classes or workshops, travel to the CFAR Mentor’s institution, and travel to the research field site.
In addition to providing funding for research projects, the CFAR Adelante program also provides:
- Three in-person workshops (Orientation, Midcycle, Close-Out);
- Quarterly continuing education/skills-building webinars;
- Monthly virtual gatherings of the cohort hosted by CFAR Adelante program staff;
- Supplemental funding for the Scholar to attend trainings, professional development, and/or domestic or international research conferences for the purpose of continuing education or presentation of data;
- Supplemental funding for the Collaborating Partner and/or their designated representative, and/or CFAR Mentor to: a) attend research conferences for the purpose of continuing education or presentation of data, b) provide professional development and/or otherwise build research capacity within the Collaborating Partner organization, or c) provide project-related training for the Collaborating Partner designee or staff. If the Team agrees that funds are not needed for support of the Collaborating Partner, with prior approval, they may be used to extend a Team’s project activities that were not originally planned and to overcome unexpected barriers to research productivity;
- Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE)-aligned projects: Proposals addressing topics aligned with the goals and objectives of the EHE Initiative in EHE priority jurisdictions (e.g., topics 1 and 4 above) will have access to implementation science training, support, and other relevant services through the Implementation Science Hub at the Emory CFAR.