PEPFAR Announces Implementation Science Awards
Office of the Spokesperson
August 1, 2012
Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced awards for a $60 million initiative, with
potential for additional funding in year three, to support implementation science research and the evaluation of
programs established under PEPFAR. These evaluations, funded through collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), will contribute to the evidence base for HIV programs and maximize the impact of its investments in programs
around the world. Data gathered will help partner countries to strengthen their efforts to prevent new HIV infections
and save lives.
Implementation science (IS) encompasses a variety of methods and studies specifically designed to guide policies and
program implementation to identify effective and efficient models for the scale-up of prevention, care and treatment
programs. These funding opportunities emerged from research priorities identified by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS
Coordinator and recommended by the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board. By channeling funds and management through its core
U.S. government agencies, PEPFAR broadened its range of funded investigators and created more direct linkages to
researchers and institutions in countries receiving PEPFAR support More than 35 evaluations in over 12 countries will be
funded in 2012.
These implementation science awards address a wide variety of topics, including improving the clinical management of
tuberculosis and opportunistic infections, providing treatment and care services for key populations such as prisoners,
assessing innovations in laboratory and diagnostics, evaluating the impact of community savings and loan group models on
child and household well-being, the impact of revised HIV infant feeding guidelines on HIV-free child survival, and
establishing linkages between testing and other HIV services.
These studies will yield crucial knowledge on optimizing the delivery of HIV/AIDS services and identifying
high-efficiency service delivery models. Such work is a critical component of PEPFAR’s focus on using scientific
evidence for decision-making across PEPFAR programs.
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