Timely Topics in HIV Vaccines

The search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine has progressed further and faster in the last few years than at any time since the epidemic began. This progress poses new questions, new opportunities and new challenges as to how the HIV vaccine research endeavor should move forward.


In 2012, the Enterprise launched Timely Topics in HIV Vaccines, a strategy series convening experts as rapidly as possible to analyze, address, and respond to unresolved and emerging priority issues in the field. Through an open call for proposals, the Enterprise is working to identify the most important strategic needs of the field and sponsoring think tanks, meetings, forums and other events to tackle these issues.

We will carefully review all ideas, and are particularly interested in topics that:

  • help keep the field broad, open, and cutting edge, which includes building on lessons from early HIV infection and pathogenesis, other HIV prevention research, new technologies, or vaccines against other diseases;
  • help refine criteria for vaccine design and optimization, by defining protective mechanisms in a variety of models in hopes of informing decision-making and improving the chances of success in efficacy trials;
  • lead to better incorporation and emphasis on development pathways, enabling better selection of candidates, more effective longer-term planning and preparation, and smoother transition between development phases.

Tell us what priority issues and opportunities you believe will facilitate HIV vaccine research and development. Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to submit ideas or topics at any time, submitted ideas will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, we will work with you to develop and implement a plan to convene and address the proposed issue or opportunity and will provide full or partial support for the convening depending on the opportunity.

Learn more about the process to submit and evaluate topics here. 


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