Funding Opportunity – GMT Implementation Science


amfAR Announces $3 Million for Implementation Science Research

Innovative service delivery models and partnerships focused on the HIV treatment cascade for gay men, other MSM, and transgender individuals

Deadline: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

The GMT Initiative of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is pleased to announce the availability of$3 million in funding to support implementation science research projects evaluating innovative service delivery models and community partnerships focused on the HIV treatment cascade for gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals (GMT) in low- and middle-income countries.


  • Support for up to three research projects
  • Up to $900,000 total including indirect costs (maximum of $300,000 per year) for each project
  • Performance Period: up to three years starting no later than September 1, 2014



The GMT Initiative’s ultimate goal is to improve HIV-related public health outcomes for GMT globally?specifically to lower HIV-related incidence, morbidity and mortality?and to use limited resources as effectively as possible to help reach that goal. The Initiative will seek to support research projects that are designed to produce compelling evidence that can directly inform programming scale-up, policy and resource allocation. We intend the research supported to be additive and not duplicative. The Initiative will continue to prioritize and promote community involvement in research.

The Initiative’s approach is based on scientific research indicating that targeted HIV interventions that include early identification of HIV infection and suppression of viral load is critical to changing the course of the epidemic among GMT. The Initiative will prioritize support for research projects that are designed to identify and document effective program models, including innovative partnerships and packages of services that have the potential for broad, population-level impact, can be scaled and, ideally, adapted and replicated in other settings. Our focus is on showing how to move HIV prevention, treatment, and care interventions and innovative service delivery models for GMT from concept to practice – and have impact.


  • Principal Investigators (PIs) must be doctoral-level research scientists who are affiliated with a nonprofit organization. amfAR accepts applications from nonprofit organizations worldwide.
  • For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply
  • Projects must include partnerships between the research organization and at least one community-based organization (CBO) or clinic serving GMT populations in a low- or middle-income country. CBO partner organizations must be led and largely staffed by GMT individuals.
  • In addition to the PI, the project leadership plan should incorporate key staff from GMT-led community-based partner organization(s), and/or the clinic partner site(s).
  • There must be a community advisory board or similar body that includes meaningful representation of?and provides for review by and direct input from?members of the target population(s) at all partner sites.

Concept papers must be submitted using amfAR’s online application portal.

To obtain log-in credentials, detailed program information, instructions and forms, please e-mail the following information to gmt.awards with “GMT Research” in the subject line:

  • Principal Investigator’s name, doctoral-level degree(s), and e-mail address
  • Applicant Institution name and location (city, state, country)

Log-in credentials, etc., will be e-mailed to the Principal Investigator and are not transferrable, each interested PI must obtain their own credentials.


Concept Papers Due: July 9, 2014

Full Applications Invited: Early August
Full Applications Due: August 26, 2014
Awards Announced: Late September 2014

Please forward this e-mail to colleagues who may be interested in this opportunity.

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