Program Overview

In this program, the Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) — funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — will support Adelante Team projects for a 2-year period that includes mentored training during a Research Preparation Period of approximately 4 months, followed by a Research Implementation Period of approximately 20 months.

Each Adelante Team will consist of: a Scholar, who is the award recipient and a university faculty or staff member; a CFAR Mentor, who is a faculty member at a CFAR-affiliated institution; and a Collaborating Partner, who is a member of a community-based organization serving a Hispanic/Latino population.

As part of the funded research plan, the CFAR Mentor will be responsible for helping Scholars develop and apply culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS research skills that will be used to expand HIV-related knowledge and to disseminate information through organizations and institutions working with Latino/Hispanic populations.

Adelante Teams should be supportive, diverse, and interdisciplinary. Scholars, CFAR Mentors, and Collaborating Partners will be expected to participate actively in all relevant project activities and to work collaboratively to develop and implement a research work plan that fully engages all Adelante Team members. Adelante Team members also will be expected to work together to develop peer-reviewed publications and to discuss the potential for submission of applications for further funding from the Federal Government or other sources.

Proposed research must be consistent with the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Proposed research should be community-based and reflect local Hispanic/Latino-community needs, as identified by science and the local community. Research proposal topics may include but are not limited to: effective promotion of stigma reduction; HIV prevention-focused research; elucidating factors that increase HIV risk in diverse Hispanic populations; identification of the cause of HIV comorbidities that disproportionately affect Hispanic populations and influence pathogenesis; culturally sensitive interventions for care coordination; or means to better understand the cumulative effect of multilevel factors that may impede or facilitate all points of the HIV prevention-and-care continuum for Hispanic/Latino individuals.