The HIV Research Trust is a charitable foundation that provides financial support to physicians, nurses, scientists and other health care professionals in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. The Trust supports early/mid career researchers.
History of the HIV Research Trust
The International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection was set up in 1992. The Scientific Committee decided that unspent funds should be transferred to a charity whose remit was to support researchers in resource-limited countries in obtaining further training and expertise in developing their research programmes. The HIV Research Trust (HIVRT) was established and four appointing bodies were agreed: University College London Medical School UK, The Karolinska Institute Sweden, The Amsterdam Medical Centre The Netherlands and The International AIDS Society Italy. Trustees were appointed to oversee the allocation of the funding of competitive scholarships open to researchers in all specialties concerned with HIV infection. The International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection also links to a web based resource providing health care professionals with emerging data, clinical updates, meeting reviews and latest news in HIV drug therapies and this can be found atwww.hivdrugtherapy.org The HIVRT works in partnership with the International Aids Society (IAS) in advertising the scholarships.
Aims of the HIV Research Trust
The HIV Research Trust aims to support a broad mix of disciplines. The scholarships are for physicians, nurses, scientists, and other health care professionals in resource-limited settings. The Trust supports early/mid career researchers. The award should develop a candidate’s career and, on return to the home institution, add to the capacity of the department to carry out research related to treatment and prevention. Examples of acquired skills might be; clinical trial experience, good clinical trial practice, data and trial management, acquisition of laboratory techniques and analyses, trial nurse skills, statistical expertise, aspects of ethics, economics, education and health behaviour.
Where the Scholars come from?
More than 200 investigators have been awarded scholarships since 2006. The scholarships are intended for researchers in a resource-limited setting who are building their research career. Scholars come from diverse professional backgrounds including clinicians, data managers, nurses, PhD students, scientists and technicians.
Where the Scholars visit?
Centres of excellence throughout the world have hosted scholars across various areas of research in HIV including clinical care, clinical trial and data management, epidemiology, infection and laboratory techniques. The preference is for applicants to receive training in recognised centres in other resource-limited countries but travel to other areas is not excluded. The scholarships provide support for travel, living expenses including accommodation, and may provide support for laboratory expenses at the institution to be visited. The usual period of support is 2-6 months but exceptionally support for one year may be given. The maximum sum awarded is £8,000 or equivalent value.