Meetings & Events


The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) provides advice to the OAR Director on the planning, coordination, and evaluation of research and other HIV/AIDS activities conducted or supported by the NIH. The OARAC also advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Director of NIH, and the Director of OAR on HIV/AIDS research programs and the development and annual review of the comprehensive Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research.

Upcoming OARAC Meetings

Sponsored Events and Activities

OAR convenes scientific workshops, bringing together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of the science and recommend cutting-edge initiatives. OAR also sponsors meetings to disseminate findings from high-priority scientific research to communities affected by the HIV epidemic. Finally, OAR hosts listening sessions to obtain feedback on HIV research priorities from people living with HIV and the community organizations that support them.

Upcoming Events and Activities

National Institute on Drug Abuse AIDS Research Program Seeks Input

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) AIDS Research Program (ARP) is developing a strategic plan to advance research at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, drug use and substance use disorders. NIDA is seeking broad input from the scientific community and other key stakeholders through a Request For Information (RFI): NOT-DA-19-015: Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments on the NIDA Strategic plan for Research at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use, Misuse and Addiction. Please share your feedback electronically at by Jan 25, 2019, and help share the news of this RFI among your networks. For any questions related to the RFI, contact Dr. Vasundhara Varthakavi at


NIH Office of AIDS Research Offers New HIV/AIDS Prize in 2019 DEBUT Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), in association with VentureWell, have announced the 2019 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge. DEBUT recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. This year with OAR’s support, DEBUT will offer a new $15,000 HIV/AIDS prize for a project that is judged to be the strongest in developing an engineering or technologically based solution to a current HIV/AIDS prevention and/or health care problem. Entries by undergraduate teams will be judged on the significance of the problem being addressed, the impact on potential users and clinical care, innovative design, and a working prototype. Winning teams will be honored at an award ceremony during the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in October 2019. Read on for more information about the 2019 DEBUT challenge and 2018 winning entries.

Past Events

This page last reviewed on January 16, 2019