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Update on ATN Activities in Response to COVID-19

This page will be kept updated as more information is available.


June 8, 2020 - Executive Committee Leadership Response to Current Events

A message from the ATN's Executive Committee chair and vice chair: "The protests and pandemics are testing and disrupting the status quo in ways that could create opportunities for real and lasting structural changes toward ending the HIV epidemic and the disparities rooted in racism and intergenerational trauma." Read the full statement here.

2020 Fall ATN Virtual Meeting

This meeting will be virtual. Dates: October 27-28, 2020. Full details including how to register and an agenda will be announced towards the end of summer 2020.

2020 Spring ATN Virtual Meeting

With the priority to keep our ATN family safe, the ATN leadership canceled the in-person ATN Meeting scheduled for April 14-17, 2020. Instead, it was held virtually. See a video with highlights from the meeting here.


Funding-related Updates

General Funding Announcements 

August 6, 2020: Emergency Awards: RADx-rad Predicting Viral-Associated Inflammatory Disease Severity in Children with Laboratory Diagnostics and Artificial Intelligence (PreVAIL kIds) (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)

June 12, 2020: Four New Funding Opportunities, Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADX) Related to COVID-19 Testing.

For more details about the RADx program from NIH leadership, read "NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UP." Also see a special report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 22, 2020, "Rapid Scaling Up of Covid-19 Diagnostic Testing in the United States -- The NIH RADx Initiative."

March 16, 2020: Guidance for NIH-funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19

March 10, 2020: General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19

Also see:

August 7, 2020: Request for Information (RFI): Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations

June 26, 2020: Digital Healthcare Interventions to Address the Secondary Health Effects Related to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

June 17, 2020: Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic among Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)

See the entire list of RADx program funding opportunities from the NIH.


ATN Request for Proposals (RFP): Research Aimed at Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (Updated March 16, 2020)

When delays occur because the applicant and/or their local partners are officially closed or unable to secure partnership memoranda of understanding/agreements due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH ATN leadership will consider acceptance of late applications on a case-by-case basis. Applicants need not request advance permission to submit late due to this declared emergency. However, an e-mail, if possible, by March 23, 2020, notifying us of the late submission to would be appreciated. More about the ATN RFP.


Guidance from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

"Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding" from the National Institutes of Health

"COVID-19: What people with HIV should know" on the CDC website 

PrEP During COVID-19 - Letter from the CDC, May 15, 2020

"Interim Guidance related to COVID-19 and Persons with HIV" Letter from the NIH Office of AIDS Research director, Dr. Maureen Goodenow

Webinar: Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities, from the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH). Will be held on September 17, 2020 from 12pm-6pm EDT. 



Maximizing Digital Interventions for Youth in the Midst of Covid-19: Lessons from the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV Interventions - from AIDS and Behavior, published April 18, 2020.

Technology-driven methodologies to collect qualitative data among youth to inform HIV prevention and care interventions - from the journal mHealth.


COVID-19 and HIV: Calls for Papers

AIDS and Behavior - Call for papers, social and behavioral aspects of COVID-19 and HIV

Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) - Call for papers, HIV and COVID-19 (PDF)

JIAS Supplement: Global Mental Health and HIV Prevention and Care Deadline September 15, 2020. (PDF)

CDC's Preventing Chronic Disease Call for Papers: "Addressing Health Disparities and Improving Population Health in Diverse Communities and Settings" Deadline is December 31, 2020. 

Now expired: Abstracts were due by July 15, 2020. Journal of Homosexuality - Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTQ+ Health and Well-Being