Web-based Approaches to Reach Black or African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM for HIV Testing and Prevention Services

Funding Agency:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to identify the most effective internet-based strategies to increase HIV testing among black or African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM.  

This FOA builds upon recent evidence that suggests racial and ethnic minority MSM can be reached through the internet when targeted approaches are used (i.e., specific website selection and tailored message content, images, and design) (6, 9).  The goals of the FOA are: (1) to develop and evaluate culturally-appropriate internet-based recruitment strategies for engaging black and Hispanic/Latino MSM in HIV testing, (2) to determine which recruitment strategy is the most effective in providing HIV testing (persons tested per baseline assessment completed) and identifying newly diagnosed men, (3) to determine the most cost effective recruitment strategy for providing HIV testing (cost per person tested for HIV), and (4) to evaluate which recruitment strategy results in the greatest linkage to HIV-related prevention or treatment services for HIV-negative and HIV-positive men, respectively.

The application should describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of internet-based (web and app) strategies for reaching and providing HIV testing to black and Hispanic/Latino MSM.  Applications should propose a project that has two phases: 1) a formative research phase to develop at least two different innovative recruitment strategies for each of the MSM target populations and one comparison strategy; and, 2) an implementation phase to evaluate the effectiveness of the recruitment strategies.  

 Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed.


  • Duke Internal Dec. 5, 2016
  • Letter of Intent: Dec. 14, 2016
  • Full Application: Jan. 17, 2017

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Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $850,000 Per Budget Period 

Award Floor: $400,000 Per Budget Period 

Total Project Period Length: 4 year(s) 

Funding Type





Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

December 5, 2016

External Deadline

January 17, 2017