HIBI reviews behavioral and social science applications focusing on individual- and interpersonal-level studies of the prevention of HIV exposure and infection and those living with HIV.  HIBI includes studies examining factors at the individual and social levels related to reducing HIV associated risk behaviors and fostering HIV prevention as well as behavioral aspects of HIV testing, engagement, retention and re-engagement across the HIV care continuum. It also reviews studies of behavior and health outcomes in people living with HIV and on the effects of HIV infection and AIDS on behavior, cognitive and social functioning, and health outcomes including substance use, mental health disorders, pain management, self-management of health care.

This study section operates on an expedited cycle as mandated by Congress and only applications in which there is a clear and compelling HIV/AIDS research component are eligible for review in HIBI. Those deemed insufficiently related to HIV/AIDS are assigned to other non-expedited study sections and must be submitted in time to meet the regular application due dates.

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    Membership Panel

    The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.



    • Social, cultural and behavioral influences related to HIV exposure and associated risk behaviors, including the development and testing of behavioral interventions at the individual, dyad, and/or social support network level
    • Social, cultural and behavioral factors related to improving ART adherence, engagement and retention in care, achieving durable viral suppression, and the quality of life for those living with HIV
    • The development and testing of interventions for preventing HIV transmission, promoting HIV testing and reducing practices and behaviors that lead to HIV transmission for individuals and dyads
    • Behavioral and social aspects of treatment and treatment as prevention, including studies involving PrEP adoption and adherence for people at risk for HIV infection
    • Studies using technology to improve health outcomes with individuals living with HIV.
    • Studies examining substance use and related behaviors in people at risk for HIV acquisition or people living with HIV.
    • Studies examining the association between mental health (depression, anxiety, trauma, and stigma) and risk behaviors for HIV or the impacts of living with HIV at the individual or interpersonal level.

    Shared Interests and Overlaps (HIV/AIDS):

    There are shared interests with Population and Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (PPAH). Studies of interventions at the community or population level may be reviewed by PPAH, whereas studies addressing the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of HIV prevention or HIV care continuum interventions at the individual level may be reviewed here. Studies with a combination of both community and individual level interventions are assigned based on the principal outcomes of the proposed research. Clinic-based studies involving interventions primarily at the community level may reviewed in PPAH, whereas clinic-based studies addressing HIV prevention and/or HIV care involving interventions primarily at the individual level may be reviewed here. Developmental and/or small-scale implementation science studies to establish appropriate measures and/or populations, for example, may also be reviewed here.

    Shared Interests and Overlaps (Non-AIDS):

    The Clinical Care and Health Interventions (CCHI) Branch includes social and behavioral applications and intervention studies focused on the adoption of health promoting behaviors to reduce health risks, the prevention of the onset of related health problems, treatment at the individual or small group level, and clinical care and management of patients in general care settings and institutional and inpatient settings.

    The Health Services and Systems Review Branch– HSS reviews clinical, community, and population research studies which examine the sociocultural, economic, environmental, and infrastructure factors that influence the delivery of health care, patient outcomes, population health, and health policies.


    Last updated: 05/13/2024 06:10