How to Submit a New Study Concept

The ATN is a collaborative research enterprise focused on the reduction of new cases of HIV among adolescents and young adults in the US as well as improvements across the HIV continuum of care for youth living with HIV. Currently, the ATN has identified five high priority research areas to address the substantial and disproportionate gaps in the health outcomes for youth across the HIV prevention and care continuum:

  1. Undiagnosed HIV;
  2. Persistent new cases of HIV;
  3. Poor HIV care engagement;
  4. Poor antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral suppression;
  5. Adverse HIV health outcomes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ATN accepts concept proposals for new studies from all interested parties. There are three primary pathways in which concepts may come to the ATN for consideration: 1) in response to an ATN-initiated Request for Application; 2) in response to gaps identified by a Scientific Leadership Group; and 3) an investigator-initiated concept coming from outside of the ATN structure.  

The graphic below outlines key steps in the concept proposal process that investigators will follow when a new area of scientific interest is identified. For a more in-depth review of the concept proposal process, visit the internal ATN site via this link.

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Concept Proposal Submission Form

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristina Claude (