2020 Robert Carr Research Award — Call for Nominations
Robert Carr passed away suddenly at the age of 48 in early 2011, a loss that
stunned people working in the HIV field. In the months after his death, ICASO
worked with partners to establish the Robert Carr Memorial Lecture at the
biannual International AIDS Conference, as a tribute to his legacy. The lecture
provides a platform for individuals and organizations that have advanced human
rights as part of the global response to AIDS. Robert was particularly
passionate about the need for cross-disciplinary research to inform policy and
advocacy efforts. It is this passion that ICASO, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the
International AIDS Society (IAS), and the Center for Public Health and Human
Rights (CPHHR) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health wished to
honor by establishing the Robert Carr Research Award at AIDS 2014, and
continued at AIDS 2016 and AIDS 2018 with the added support of Caribbean
Vulnerable Communities (CVC) and the Global Form on MSM and HIV (MSMGF).
As a group, we are carrying forward the award and memorial lecture this year at
AIDS 2020 in Oakland and San Francisco.
The Robert Carr Research Award celebrates Robert’s vision of
collaboration between community organizations, academic researchers, and
advocates to advance human rights-based policies and practices in countries
where communities disproportionately affected by HIV continue to face
discrimination, social rejection, violence and imprisonment–often by government
officials and agencies. Robert’s commitment to translating findings from
research collaborations between community and academic partners into tangible
policy development and advocacy efforts is the driving force behind this prize.
This year’s winners will be announced at the 23rd International
AIDS Conference in Oakland and San Francisco, United States, in July 2020.
Nominations open to the public
For the second time the nominations are open to the public. This means that anyone can submit a
nomination, either of a project they have been directly involved with or not,
which they would like to see recognized for outstanding collaboration between
community and academic partners.
The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2020. The nomination system
will be open from today, 1 March 2020. The nomination must explain how the
study meets the criteria listed below, and must be submitted through the online
The aim of
the prize is to highlight a research project conducted by a community-academia partnership
in which all partners were equally involved in designing the study, collecting
and analyzing the data and disseminating the results, and which has led to evidence-based programs
and/or influenced policies in the field of HIV.
eligible for the Award, the research project must meet the following criteria:
The research project has been conducted by
a community-academia partnership in which all partners were equally involved in
designing the study, collecting and analyzing the data and disseminating the
The research project has led to
evidence-based programs and/or influenced policies in the field of HIV to guide
a human rights-based response to HIV.
For the 2020 edition, preference will be given to projects that address
issues of race and/or migration and HIV
Components of the Award
prize will be awarded to two individuals, representing community and academia,
who were involved equally in the selected study.
Award consists of the following components:
Coverage of travel expenses and conference registration fees to
attend the International AIDS Conference for two awardees (one representative
from community and one representative from academia)
Certificate and Award “art”
Invitation to deliver the keynote address for the Robert Carr
Memorial Lecture and presentation of the Award
AIDS 2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands Expandiendo las Opciones: Un
estudio de caso de una acción colectiva para crear una clínica de base
comunitaria de profilaxis pre-exposición para hombres que tienen sexo con
hombres (HSH). Guatemala. Partners: Colectivo Amigos contra el SIDA (CAS), Gillings School of
Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA.
The Robert Carr Research Award is coordinated by ICASO.
Any questions about nominating procedures or eligibility may be directed
by email. For more
information on the award and lecture, please visit our page.