CIPHER Grant Programme

 Applications for the 2020-2021 round now open

The CIPHER Grant Programme directly supports the development of early-stage investigators, awarding up to US$150,000 for up to two years to address research gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV in resource-limited settings. This is a unique “stepping up” opportunity, designed to give investigators the experience they need to compete for larger funding. The grants are resulting in personal and career development, capacity building on the ground, and research that informs policies and programmes.

Since 2013, CIPHER Grantees have been addressing key clinical and operational research gaps in paediatric and adolescent HIV. They are doing this where it is needed the most, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); in fact, recognizing the importance of building research capacity, CIPHER awards approximately 80% of funds to applicants from LMICs. The intention is to attract early-stage investigators – from inside and outside the field of HIV research – to address critical research questions while providing a unique opportunity for professional development.

CIPHER has partnered with the World Health Organization to develop global research agendas on HIV testing, treatment and service delivery for paediatric and adolescent populations. CIPHER implements these global research priorities as a funder through its grant and fellowship programmes.

The 2020/2021 round will focus on service delivery for HIV and related co-infections for paediatric and adolescent populations in resource-limited settings, including research on:

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV and related co-infections service delivery
  • Community interventions to improve outcomes along the HIV cascade.


As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts health systems and affects human health globally, gains made in accelerating the HIV response for children and adolescents living with or affected by HIV could be reversed. This recognizes the need to strengthen service delivery models to improve quality of care and sustain efforts to achieve the AIDS Free targets. CIPHER aims to support research projects that could inform HIV policies and programmes, thus accelerating the HIV response in grantees’ countries.

CIPHER is pleased to accept applications in both English and French. To encourage more applications from young investigators in West and Central Africa, 50% of funds will be awarded to francophone applicants.

The CIPHER Grant Programme is made possible with the generous support of Founding Sponsor ViiV Healthcare. Its content is guided by experts in paediatric and adolescent HIV convened by the International AIDS Society.

CIPHER Grant Programme
2020/2021 – English

Call for Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent template

Name of the Organisation
International AIDS Society
Grant Amount
USD 1,50,000
Closing date of Proposal
Friday, 30 October, 2020
RFP Email
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