HIV Research Funding


Center Grants

HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Youth (HAPPY) -2014-2019. Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH is Principal Investigator of the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center, Rhonda Holliday, PhD is core research project Principal Investigator and LaShawn Hoffman is Community Coalition Board Chair.

The Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center is one of a network of 26 academic research centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The theme of the PRC is: Risk Reduction and Early Detection in African American and Other Minority Community-Coalitions for Prevention Research. This center’s research infrastructure is designed to conduct multi-interdisciplinary community-based research initiatives, train community-based researchers and public health practitioners, demonstrate the value of community coalitions in conducting research and communicate and disseminate research findings and public health information widely to advance public health practice and improve health outcomes in communities. The Center’s core research project is entitled: A Multi-Method Approach to STI and HIV/AIDS Prevention among Urban Minority Youth. The proposed research will implement a STI and HIV/AIDS prevention intervention with 384 youth 14-18 years old, residing the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) serviced by the Prevention Research Center. The following specific evidence gaps in the intervention research and analysis will be addressed: the effects of gender, the effectiveness of multi-component interventions, and the effectiveness of including parents in intervention efforts.

Active Grants

  1. Gilead Sciences, Gilead Focus Grant (PI: Michelle Nichols). Website:
  2. Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., The Prevalence and Pathogenesis of HIV-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension among Underserved Urban Populations (PI: Marshaleen Henriques-Forsythe). Description: The program provides opportunities for individual young investigators to promote quality medical care and enhance patients' lives by supporting research in pulmonary hypertension (PH) related to expanding our knowledge of the pathways involved in pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Active 2015-2016.
  3. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Campus and Community HIV and Addiction Prevention (CCHAP; CCHAP II) (PI: Ronald Braithwaite). Description: Plan and execute an HIV Testing and Substance Use Prevention Initiative to serve students in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) and the surrounding inner-city communities of Southwest Atlanta, in response to the alarming and debilitating prevalence and incidence of HIV infections, among young African American men and women. Active 2013-2016.
  4. HIV Capacity Building Initiative (HIV CBI; PI: Mary Langley). Description . Funding Source: SAMSHA
  5. Mesfin Fransua and Dr Harold Stringer and Program Manager Sean McIntosh, MPH, CPH, serve as staff members of the Georgia AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC), which is based at MSM & affiliated with the Health-Resources-and-Services Administration- (HRSA-) funded Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center (SE AETC) at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Fransua is the principal investigator (PI) of the Georgia AETC collaborative grant.
  6. CFAR03 Award (PI: VC Bond); Funding Source: OID. Description:
  7. Project Horizons (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). P.I.: Ralph J. DiClemente, Emory University. The goal of the HORIZONS program is to reduce sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) by increasing condom use and partner communication about safer sex. Hernandez, Graduate Research Assistant-Health Educator.
  8. Project AFIYA (R01 MH070537-08); P.I.: Ralph J. DiClemente, Emory University. AFIYA aimed to reduce both the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in young African American females through a culturally and gender appropriate intervention (group sessions) coupled with an individualized HIV Telephone Maintenance Intervention. Hernandez, Graduate Research Assistant-Health Educator.