About Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH – Supporting Evaluation and Research to Combat HIV/AIDS (SEARCH) – is an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) awarded to five organizations to support HIV/AIDS research and evaluation in developing countries.
Made possible through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the goal of the project is to carry out research and evaluation to improve the coverage, quality, and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs worldwide, and to strengthen local capacity in HIV/AIDS research and public health evaluations through training and in-country collaborations. The five awardees are Boston University, Futures Group International, Family Health International, Johns Hopkins University, and the Population Council.
The awards – based on full and open competition – fall under a mechanism called an Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC), which provides a more efficient response to the short- and long-term needs of Missions overseas by establishing a competitive bidding process among only the Project SEARCH contractors. Over the planned five-year implementation period, USAID has projected that orders for services under Project SEARCH could potentially reach $200 million.
||Jonathon Simon, D.Sc.
||International Clinical Epidemiology Network
Health and Development Africa
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Peruana Cayetano, Peru
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
|Futures Group International
||Johannes Van Dam, MD, MPH
||Cloudburst Cloudburst Consulting
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
University of Washington
|Family Health International
||Willard Cates, Jr., MD, MPH
||Meridian Group International
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Johns Hopkins University
||David R. Holtgrave, Ph.D.
||Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health
Abt Associates, Inc.
Social Sectors Development Strategies
||Naomi Rutenberg, Ph.D.
||Artha Consulting Group, LLC
Gunnison Consulting Group, Inc.
African Population and Health Research Centre
The Institute of Human Virology
The QED Group, LLC
Population Services International
University of Southampton
Project SEARCH may be used for:
- Developing and evaluating models of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs
- Conducting public health evaluations to investigate effectiveness of interventions and translating results into public health guidelines
- Identifying and disseminating best practices to improve program efficiency and effectiveness
- Developing national and international standards and indicators for the purpose of program monitoring and evaluation
- Conducting analysis of clinical, community-level, and population-based epidemiologic, demographic, and surveillance data
- Testing program implementation models including research on practical applications of new technologies and intervention models in resource-poor settings
- Carrying out feasibility studies, community preparedness studies, and policy analyses
- Developing local capacity in applied research and ethical procedures by increasing technical skills of in-country investigators and providing technical assistance to local institutions
The contract is managed by the Division of Technical Leadership and Research, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health. Benny Kottiri (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for the contract. Ladan Fakory (email@example.com) is the TA.
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