CHIPTS Kick Start Grant

CHIPTS is accepting applications for our 2021 Community-Research Kick Start Program.  This funding opportunity is 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 are encouraged.

The proposed activities must contribute towards CHIPTS scientific theme of addressing the intersection of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and mental health and/or substance use co-morbidities. Applications that address social and structural determinants of health (e.g. homelessness, stigma), resiliency, and protective factors to improve HIV health outcomes are strongly encouraged.  Applications that explore the impact of disruptors (such as COVID-19) on HIV prevention, substance use, and/or mental health services (e.g., expansion of telehealth, self-testing, etc.) for communities affected by HIV are also encouraged.  The funding amount can range 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 be affected by your indirect cost rate. Proposals are reviewed and decided upon by the CHIPTS leadership committee.  Proposals may be funded in whole or in part, and no single award will exceed $5,000.

Awards for this funding cycle must be spent by January 31, 2022.  All spending is subject to federal restrictions. A brief summary report will be required within 60 days from project end date.

Deadline for applications is July 9, 2021.  Notification of awards will be made by late-July.  Applications should be submitted to Damilola Jolayemi at

Download 2021 CHIPTS Community-Research Kick Start Grant

Requirements of the award are as follows:

  1. The funds must be spent by January 31, 2021.  Please note that any unused funds will be forfeited and returned back to us.  If you anticipate any delays in spending by the due date, then please contact us immediately.
  2. All expenses must be deemed allowable under university and NIH federal guidelines and policies.  If you have any budget related questions, please direct them to
  3. Please acknowledge and cite the CHIPTS grant number (P30MH058107) and use the CHIPTS logo (attached), as appropriate, on any marketing materials, reports, publications, and other products that are derived from this funding source.
  4. A brief 3-month progress update will be submitted by November 5, 2021 to Damilola Jolayemi at, CC
  1. A final progress report and any products (e.g. slides, reports, publications, etc.) developed from the funding will be submitted within 60 days after the project end date (due March 31, 2022) to Damilola Jolayemi at, CC

2021 Awardees

Cherie S. Blair, MD – “HIV, Methamphetamine Use, and Pulmonary Hypertension: From Blue Skies to an Integrated Research Agenda”

Sid Ganesh – “1st Annual Harm Reduction in Clinical Praxis Conference 2021”

Caleb Garcia – “UCLA Sexual Health and Wellness Fair”

Gerald Garth – “Black Equity for Transgender Resources (BETR): A Series of Intersectional Health and Wellness Black Transgender Women’s Community-Based Participatory Forums

Charles McWells – “Velvet Jesus Community – Level Intervention”

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”

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”