3ie in coordination with the Kenyan National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP) requests for applications to conduct formative research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions using HIV oral self-tests in the Republic of Kenya.
The formative research studies produced under Phase I of this thematic window will be publicly disseminated as background information for Phase II of the window, which will provide grants for pilot programs using HIV oral self-tests to be implemented and evaluated using rapid impact evaluations. The formative research is meant to inform the design of these pilot programs, as well as to provide information to help with the design of the evaluations.
3ie is announcing an extended call for application for the formative research question concerning packaging and labeling of HIV self-tests for Kenya. 3ie will accept and review applications on a rolling basis and will make an award as soon as a sufficient application is received.
For more information, please read the TW2 Request for Applications (35.9 KB)
3ie has published the answers to questions received from potential applicants to Phase I Thematic Window 2 HIV Self-Testing in the document below. Thanks to all the researchers who submitted a question.
For reading the questions and answers, please see the TW2 Q&A. (41.1 KB)
Recent surveys in twelve high-burden countries conducted in 2007 and 2008 revealed that a median of just 12% of men and 10% of women in the general population know their HIV status. Although different approaches including voluntary counseling and testing, provider-initiated counseling and testing, mobile testing, and home-based testing have been assessed to increase the uptake of HIV testing, it is unlikely that these approaches have been effective given the low coverage of HIV testing. Thus, HIV self-testing that overcomes some of barriers for seeking HIV testing can constitute an option in addition to existing approaches.
3ie intends to make one award for a study addressing this formative research question
The call is open to organisations implementing HIV/AIDS programs in Kenya. For-profit organizations are eligible to apply, but are restricted to the same indirect cost limits as non-profit organizations and may not charge a fee.
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Questions may be submitted to TW2@3ieimpact.org.
For more information, read the TW2 Request for Applications (35.9 KB)