DHHS-NIH: Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research

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Deadline: 5 September 2021

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applications for its Innovative Technologies for HIV Behavioral and Social Science Research that encourages STTR grant applications to support the development of new technologies for HIV prevention or treatment or the application of existing technologies to behavioral and social science HIV research in these domains.

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The overarching goal of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is to support small businesses to develop technologies that can advance the mission of the National Institute of Mental Health, through the identified research priorities of Division of AIDS Research.

Areas of Interest

Research themes for mobile health applications in HIV prevention and care include:

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  • Patient-care focused applications, such as health behavior change;
  • Health system-focused applications, such as reporting and data collection;
  • Population health-focused applications, including HIV awareness and testing campaigns; and
  • Provider-focused applications to improve HIV provider knowledge and patient-provider communication

Research Topics

  • Innovative technologies to improve outreach, recruitment, and retention of hard-to-reach populations for HIV prevention and treatment research;
  • Innovative technologies to assess HIV medication adherence through wireless technologies, remote sensing devices, or other novel methods;
  • Innovative technologies for objective and reliable measurement of neurocognitive and mental health abnormalities associated with HIV;
  • Technologies to better capture and harmonize mental health and HIV associated data to facilitate secondary or meta-analyses and modelling;
  • Tools, curricula, and strategies to reduce documented disparities in HIV infection including racial/ethnic, gender, age-related and others;
  • Innovative technologies to improve HIV provider knowledge and practice in low resource and rural settings.
  • Innovative technologies to be used with rapid home-based HIV self-testing kits, to address repeat testing and increase linkage and engagement in HIV care for those testing positive;
  • Innovative online HIV prevention programs for raising awareness, knowledge promotion, and uptake of HIV prevention services and tools;
  • Innovative interactive technologies to deliver training programs for health care staff, including physicians, home care aids, and long-term care service providers – particularly focused on reducing disparities of care between diverse racial and ethnic groups;
  • Innovative technology and tools designed to facilitate the effective use and implementation of biomedical HIV prevention methods and include biomarker outcomes when appropriate;
  • Innovative technologies designed to improve HIV treatment outcomes by rapidly linking individuals diagnosed with HIV to care, enhancing patient readiness for initiation of antiretroviral medications, improving and sustaining patient adherence to antiretroviral medications, and/or improving patient retention in medical car

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S.
  • Organizations are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

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