This announcement solicits applications for a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino/a Populations – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center, for a new Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program multi-site initiative. Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), a cooperative agreement will be issued to support one organization for up to five years to evaluate and provide technical assistance for up to eight demonstration projects funded under a separate FOA, Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino(a) Populations – Demonstration Sites (HRSA-13-154). Organizations that apply under this FOA are not eligible to also apply under the Demonstration Sites FOA. The demonstration site projects will design, implement and evaluate culturally appropriate service delivery models focused on improving health outcomes among Latinos/as living with HIV disease. This initiative will take a transnational approach, with demonstration project applicants proposing innovative interventions targeting HIV-affected Latino/a subpopulations living in the U.S. but specific to their country of origin. The initiative will focus on Latinos/as who are at high risk of HIV infection or are infected with HIV but are unaware of their HIV status; are aware of their HIV infection but have never been engaged in care; are aware but have refused referral to care; or have dropped out of care. Demonstration project applicants will propose innovative interventions that identify Latinos/as at high risk or living with HIV and improve their access, timely entry and retention in quality HIV primary care. Latino/a subpopulations of interest include but are not limited to heterosexual men, heterosexual women, gay and bisexual men, bisexual women, transgender women, and/or injecting drug users (IDUs) located in areas with high concentration of Latino/as with high incidence and/or prevalence of HIV/AIDS, especially in urban areas. The Evaluation and Technical Center (ETAC) will be expected to fulfill three important functions for this SPNS initiative. The ETAC will 1) provide technical assistance to the demonstration projects over the course of the initiative; 2) conduct a rigorous multi-site evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of all interventions and the multi-site cohort as a whole; and 3) lead and coordinate the efforts for publication and dissemination of findings and lessons learned from the initiative. The ETAC will work in close consultation with the SPNS program in all aspects of the initiative, but especially in the implementation of the multi-site evaluation and dissemination. The successful applicant will demonstrate expertise in engagement and retention in HIV primary care.
Please submit a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 1, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured the nominee’s eligibility per the sponsor’s requirements, and that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. Full applications are due to the sponsor on 3/18/13, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 3/11/13 for processing if given the go ahead by the review committee.
Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.
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