South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR)

The SAPHIR program is an NIH-funded 11-month training program in HIV prevention research in Latin America for pre- and post-doctoral physician researchers from the U.S.  SAPHIR trainees participate in a combined program of didactic and practical training in one of the key areas of HIV prevention research (Behavioral Prevention, Biomedical Prevention, Therapeutics, Epidemiology, Basic/Translational Science, and Health Policy) in Lima, Peru or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

SAPHIR trainees will work with a pair of mentors from UCLA and one of the collaborating institutions in Peru (Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion, Asociacion Civil Via Libre, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit-6) or Brazil (Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz/Instituto de Pesquisa Clinica Evandro Chagas). 

Each trainee will work with their mentors to develop an individualized training plan in their specific area of research that incorporates two core elements:  

  1. Secondary analysis of an existing data set and
  2. Creation of an original research proposal.  

In addition, all trainees will participate in a structured program of weekly didactic lectures and conferences addressing key issues of HIV prevention research in Latin America.  SAPHIR trainees will be provided with transportation to the training site and will receive a stipend to help cover living expenses during the program.  Trainees may have the opportunity to compete for seed grant funding to support their original research projects.

The SAPHIR program is funded by the NIH/NIMH R25 MH087222.


Applications for the 2020-21 class are now being accepted on a rolling basis.