Reader Response: Additional Resources for HIV/AIDS Projects

June 3, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

In response to a reader comment on yesterday’s post about the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, here’s some additional information about funding.

A reader posted the following yesterday:

“You mentioned that the focus of federal funding for AIDS research has shifted. Do you mean from research for a cure to treatment in particular environments? Also- is it possible for an American nonprofit that does HIV/AIDs education in Africa to get federal funding or is it allocated to research conducted in the United States?”

They’re all great questions. Our sense is that federal funding for AIDS research has diversified both in its population focus and what the money is intended for. There is still money allocated for research, in fact during a recent webcast at the White House Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, director of the division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he thought a cure could be achievable in 5 to 10 years with continued research.

But the reader is correct that some of the focus seems to have moved towards care and treatment in the communities that are most heavily impacted, such as communities of color and other high risk groups.

On the international front has a rundown of the federal government’s global AIDS activities here and a rundown of global organizations working on HIV/AIDS here. Also, the Kaiser Family Foundation has a great report on global health trends and funding patterns here. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) do work in other countries. The Health Resources and Services Administration also has opportunities occasionally, such as this one that was open last fall.

Admittedly a lot of internationally focused federal money for HIV/AIDS is distributed bilaterally, but is your best bet for finding discretionary opportunities as they become available. You might also consider seeking funding from a private foundation. There are scores of private foundations and organizations working in the HIV/AIDS space, including major donors like the Gates Foundation.

Do other readers have any additional suggestions?



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