The CFAR-SSA Secretariat will be housed under at the Johns Hopkins CFAR. Three key groups will report to this committee: (i) Working Groups-we will seek to identify leaders for each focus area group with one Johns Hopkins CFAR faculty, one non-Hopkins CFAR faculty, and one African-based faculty to take on leadership for each group as a team; (ii) Conference Committee-we will constitute a committee to lead the organization of the biannual conference; (iii) Capacity Building-we will constitute a leadership group from both Hopkins and non-Hopkins CFAR faculty to guide capacity building initiatives.
Young African Investigator Developmental Awards
We will seek through supplemental funding from the NIH, CFAR developmental grants to be awarded to African-based young investigators for small projects involving direct collaboration and mentorship with any US-based CFARs. Cross-CFAR mentorship and collaboration will be encouraged.
We will seek supplemental funding for skills building courses (e.g. research methods, biostatistics, ethics, manuscript writing) which will be held at CFAR collaborating sites. These courses will be modeled on previous successful courses held by Johns Hopkins, UCSF, and UNC. Relatedly, workshops and lectures directed at young SSA investigators will be a key component of the proposed biannual CFAR-SSA Conference.