2020 CHIPTS Community-Research Kick Start Grant

The 2020 CHIPTS Community-Research Kick Start Program is a funding opportunity to help support workshops, planning meetings, symposia, or other activities that are designed to promote new science, foster new collaborations, or increase capacity building.   The purpose of the program is to “kick start” the development of new research ideas and other projects to address emerging issues and needs of communities most impacted by HIV.  Community collaboration and partnership were encouraged.

The proposed activities must have contributed towards CHIPTS scientific theme of addressing the intersection of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and mental health and/or substance use co-morbidities. We encouraged submissions that specifically addressed the role of social and structural determinants of health, such as homelessness and stigma. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, applications that explored the impact of the novel coronavirus on communities most impacted by HIV were also strongly encouraged. The funding amount ranged from $500 up to $5,000 direct costs, based on proposed activities. Note that for institutions outside of UCLA, the amount of funding available may  have been affected by your indirect cost rate. Proposals were reviewed and decided upon by the CHIPTS leadership committee.  Proposals may have been funded in whole or in part, and no single award exceeded $5,000.   

Awards for this funding cycle must be spent by January 31, 2021.  Also all spending is subject to federal restrictions. A brief summary report will be required within 60 days from project end date.

We are pleased to announce this year’s awardees:

2020 Awardees

Robert Bolan, MD and Risa Flynn –  “HIV Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Engaging Experts to Discuss Innovative Strategies for Identifying Untreated Syphilis Infections”

Michael Li, PhD and Pam Ogata, MPH –  “Mental Health Landscape Assessment: First Step in Ending the Epidemics through Health Equity”

Cathy Reback, PhD  – “The Impact of COVID-19 on Service Utilization, Quality of Life, Physical/Mental/Sexual Health, and Substance Use among Sexual/Gender Minority Individuals Experiencing Syndemic Health Disparities”

Latoya Small, PhD, Mariela Ceballos, and Natalie Sanchez, MPH – “No Longer Invisible: Examining changes in services for Women of Color living with HIV /AIDS before and after COVID-19”

2019 Awardees

Jesse Clark, MD, MSc – “Contingency Management, Substance Use, and HIV Prevention: Defining an Integrated Research Agenda”

Sid Jordan, PhD and Ian Holloway, PhD – “Trans Masculine Health Justice Research Initiative”


For questions, please contact Uyen Kao at UBui@mednet.ucla.edu.