Enterprise-OCTAVE Professional Development Workshop for Young and Early Career Investigators: Grant Writing Course for African Scientists

The Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise and the OCTAVE Project (Online Collaborative Training for AIDS Vaccine Evaluation), in close collaboration with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) organized a novel grant writing workshop for young and early career investigators (YECIs).  This 7 day workshop offered a unique opportunity to doctoral-level trainees and post-doctoral investigators from the African continent within 10 years of completing their terminal degrees to complete an intensive workshop on grant development. 

Recent successes in the HIV prevention field, including male circumcision, antiretroviral-based prevention strategies (treatment as prevention, PrEP), and a partially effective vaccine regimen evaluated in Thailand have added excitement and urgency to the field.  These successes have prompted many new questions that require attention.

The objectives of this professional development workshop are to:

  • acquire skills for designing and interpreting clinical research;
  • produce a complete concise draft of a research protocol;
  • help others in the class to develop these skills and protocols.




This workshop is supported by the NIH Office of AIDS Research and the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise. The Capacity-Building Series is a program of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, a unique alliance of independent organizations around the world dedicated to accelerating the development of a preventive HIV vaccine.

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