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(Boston) – A consortium led by the Center for International Health and Development (CIHD), a Boston University applied research center based at BU School of Public Health (BUSPH), has been selected as one of five awardees in Project SEARCH, a program designed to improve the coverage, quality, and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS programs in developing and resource-poor countries. Project SEARCH (Supporting Evaluation and Research to Combat HIV/AIDS) is administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is made possible through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“We are proud to have been awarded this contract and see it as recognition of CIHD’s research achievements specifically related to the social and economic impacts of HIV/AIDS, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and adherence to antiretroviral therapy,” said Jonathon Simon, CIHD director and chair of the Department of International Health at BUSPH. The award, said Simon, is also acknowledgement of the strong consortium assembled by CIHD for Project SEARCH, which includes six institutional partners and several dozen individual collaborators around the globe. “We expect to be working on research and evaluation projects consistent with the consortium’s diverse expertise. Our goal is to provide recommendations for policy and programs that maximize the public health benefit of HIV/AIDS programs in developing and resource-poor countries,” said Simon.
This is the first time that an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) has been put in place by USAID for HIV/AIDS research. The IQC provides a framework for efficient response time between field requests for support and research activity by permitting only the five awardee organizations to submit proposals to Project SEARCH. The total value of possible Project SEARCH contracts could reach $200 million.
“CIHD anticipates requests for proposals soon, as initial projects are expected to be awarded before the end of September 2007. We expect that our participation in Project SEARCH will enable CIHD to continue to operate in the forefront of HIV/AIDS operational research and evaluation over the next five years,” said Jill Costello, assistant director of the Center for International Health and Development, Boston University School of Public Health.