The annual ARI Strategic Support Awards are given to UCSF researchers conducting innovative work in HIV/AIDS. Winners are selected through a competitive review process led by the ARI Director and ARI Leadership Committee, and all submissions are sponsored by an ARI Executive Board member.
Funded in Fall 2020
Characterization of the Effects of Antiretroviral Drugs on HIV Infection in the Female Reproductive Tract using an Ex Vivo Model
Examining the interplay between COVID-19, HIV, and substance use, among people living with HIV in San Francisco: implications for prevention and intervention
The ongoing US opioid epidemic and HIV risk perception and behavior among people who inject drugs (PWID)
Funded in 2020
In 2020, the ARI supported Strategic Awards for a fifth year. This year's awardees are:
Defining urine tenofovir concentrations among individuals taking TAF-based antiretroviral therapy
Informing Community and Social-Network Based Interventions to Interrupt Tuberculosis Transmission Among People Living With HIV in Rural Uganda
Research to evaluate the impact of breastfeeding cessation on treatment adherence among women living with HIV in Zimbabwe
Perform a cross sectional sampling of alcohol use with the AUDIT-C questionnaire and PEth dried blood spot testing within the SEARCH-Youth cohort
Assess community needs to improve health in persons economically disadvantaged, racial minorities, LGBTQ people, and the homeless persons living in encampments of Alameda County
Funded in 2019
In 2019, the ARI supported Strategic Awards for a fourth year. The year's awardees are:
Safety and Feasibility of Psilocybin-Assisted Group Therapy for Demoralization in Older Long-Term AIDS Survivors
Alternative HIV Service Delivery Models: Evaluating Mechanisms of Intervention Effect
Facilitators and Barriers of On-Demand HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: A Mixed Methods Study
POC Assay to Motivate Adherence in Clinical Populations at High Risk of Poor PrEP Adherence and HIV Infection
Funded in 2018
In 2018, the ARI supported Strategic Awards for a third year. The 2018 awardees are:
Behaviors and New Infections of HIV and HCV in a Cohort of People Who Inject Drugs in Iran; Rostam Study
Informing the Local Response to the Hepatitis C Virus-HIV Co-Infection Epidemic
Development of Point of Care Immunoassay for Detecting Tenofovir in Urine: A Real-Time PrEP Adherence Metric
Understanding Mobility and Risk in SEARCH Communities
Funded in 2017
In 2017, the ARI supported Strategic Awards for a second year. With the 2017 awards, detailed below, we targeted awards for postdocs who had lost a key federal funding source:
- A new policy at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) discontinued funding for essential pilot awards for postdocs. Postdocs rely on pilot funding like this to establish their research portfolios and advance in their careers.
- ARI quickly created a stopgap grant mechanism to provide pilot research support for the postdocs impacted by the NIAID policy.
- These funds enabled 6 postdocs to proceed with their pilot research projects - filling a potentially career-threatening gap in research support.
- ARI joined calls from across the country for NIAID to continue funding essential pilot awards. The NIAID policy has since been reversed and the pilot grants—now more in demand than ever—are expected to continue.
Evaluating the inflammation and microbial translocation on the development of insulin resistance in HIV-infected adults in the UGANDAAC cohort
Patient and provider knowledge and attitudes about infant feeding among HIV-infected women
Bio-Behavioral surveillance study of transgender women in Jamaica
Patient-provider communication on adherence among HIV-positive patients in Zambia
Unstable housing and outcomes in HIV: Evaluating the impact of unstable housing on early clinical outcomes in HIV
Antiretrovial treatment in pregnancy and the risk of preterm birth
Funded in 2016
PrEP Uptake Among At-Risk HIV-Uninfected Women
Develop Tat/rev Inducible Limiting Dilution Assay (TILDA)
Filling Funding Shortfall of I-Care Study