Scientific Working Group: Implementation Science for the Global Response to HIV

The Scientific Working Group (SWG) for Implementation Science represents extension of ongoing UCSF-Gladstone CFAR support for the growth of implementation science in the local environment.

This SWG will be used as a platform for the dissemination at UCSF of knowledge, information and capability related to implementation science research and thereby increasing the number of junior investigators submitting and receiving grants in the Implementation Science Field.

Specific Aims

  1. The SWG will accelerate diffusion and dissemination of new perspectives in implementation science among researchers seeking to tackle implementation problems in the area of HIV, and thereby enhance the pool of competitive investigators able to obtain NIH funding for implementation science addressing the global response to HIV.
  2. Building knowledge and experience with implementation science and HIV will also create capabilities at the university to tackle global health challenges – including universal health coverage.

Goals

  1. Create web-based hub of resources that can be used to disseminate knowledge about implementation science methods, frameworks and perspectives and how they can be used to address contemporary implementation questions in HIV treatment and prevention.
  1. Use series of meetings, speaker events and satellite programs held at international scientific conferences to foster a local community of practice around implementation science and HIV. This community of practice will provide an ongoing platform for discourse regarding conceptual knowledge about the field but also practical knowledge about approaches to fund implementation science both within the NIH as well as outside of NIH.
  2. Increase the number of investigators submitting implementation science proposals related to HIV, particularly individuals with a primary clinical background outside of infectious diseases and HIV and junior investigators with no pre-established funding portfolio.

Activities

  • Develop a centralized, web-based, knowledge hub for implementation science funding, which includes key references and resources, examples of funded implementation science in HIV, slide sets, and links to resources available for implementation science.
     
  • Convene half day symposium with outside speaker as well as internal UCSF speakers.
     
  • Hold an inter-CFAR meeting (at IAS or CROI or the CFAR National Meeting) to discuss cross-CFAR opportunities to advance the implementation science agenda.
     
  • Create a working group where junior investigators present ongoing work and receive feedback.
     
  • Strengthen collaborations between UCSF and UC Berkeley investigators in Political Science, Economics, Computer Science and other fields which can advance implementation science proposals.
     
  • Strengthen collaborations among UCSF researchers who have expertise in policy, economics, and other areas needed for implementation science.
     
  • Solicit and fund two implementation science-focused Pilot Awards in conjunction with the regular CFAR competitive pilot award cycles.