HIV FOUNDATION RESEARCH GRANTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

The Foundation’s 2017 round of research and programs grants was launched late last year aiming to facilitate the establishment of collaborative research and/or program teams comprising clinicians, researchers, community based organisations and/or policy makers that will support the creation of new knowledge and practice in HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

The Foundation allocates a significant portion of its annual budget to funding Queensland-led research in priority areas. In 2017, the quality and number of applications received by the Foundation addressing priority areas exceeded expectations.

In the 2017 round, 18 applications (5 male and 13 female lead investigators) with budgets totalling in excess of $1 million were received from organisations across Queensland covering a wide range of worthy and extremely competitive research projects:

 

Organisation

Number of Applications

Cairns Sexual Health Service

2

Griffith University School of Pharmacy

1

HIV/AIDS Legal Centre Inc

1

James Cook University

1

Mater Health, University of Queensland

1

Queensland Positive People

3

University of Queensland

5

University of Southern Queensland

2

University of Southern Queensland, University of Queensland

2

The Research & Program Grants Committee assessment panel consisted of HIVFQ board members: Dr Darren Russell, Dr Andrew Redmond and Professor Jeff Gow. Tony Majer and Melissa Warner attended in an ex-officio capacity. Explicit criteria as outlined in the application form was used and a scoring system applied to determine which projects were funded.

A total of five (5) research projects were approved for funding from the 2017 round:

Project Title

Lead Organisation

Lead Investigator

Partner Organisations

Improving monitoring and management of cardiovascular and renal risk factors in HIV positive clients attending the Cairns Sexual Health Service

Cairns Sexual Health Service

Dr Trent Yarwood

James Cook University

A community based intervention to increase HIV knowledge and prevention practices in gender variant and sexually diverse young people in Queensland

University of Queensland

Dr Lisa Fitzgerald

Open Doors Youth Service

Pilot and Evaluate Integrated HIVST Service Delivery in Queensland for Policy and Service Development

University of Queensland

Dr Owain Williams

Queensland Positive People

& Metro North HHS

Aboriginal and Islander Health Workers HIV and PrEP related Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices

University of Queensland

Dr Judith Dean

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

PoCT (Point of Care) HIV Testing at After-hours SOPV Theme Parties – Project Expansion to include additional STI screening and qualitative interviews

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Amy Mullens

Queensland Positive People

The Foundation would like to thank all those who participated in the 2017 round.