A request for applications (RFA) with set aside is proposed, entitled “Innovative Development/Use of Technology to Increase HIV testing and Linkage to care Efforts in Adolescent populations” using the R41/R42 (STTR) and R43/R44 (SBIR) Small Business grant mechanisms.
This initiative will provide support for research focused on the development of innovative methods through the use of technology to promote and provide access to HIV testing for adolescents. Innovative methods through the use of technology to encourage HIV testing are needed to encourage, promote, and normalize HIV testing among adolescents with subsequent linkage to adolescent-friendly care facilities for those who test positive or subsequent linkage to appropriate prevention education efforts for those who test negative. This FOA would specifically encourage small businesses (independently or with significant academic research involvement) to apply.
A wide range of technological approaches could be proposed to increase HTC, an essential component for achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. As the landscape of mobile health technology (mHealth) is expanding very quickly due to the speed of its innovation and development, of particular interest are applications that focus on the implementation of mHealth for adolescents and HIV/AIDS and research supporting the use of these tools to address the HIV prevention, care, and treatment cascade.
The objective of this RFA is to support much-needed research through the SBIR/STTR mechanisms focused on the development and use of technology and new media to encourage and increase HIV testing and subsequent linkage to care efforts for adolescents.
Sonia Lee, PhD
Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch
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