CREATE – U.S. RFP program

Community REseArch To End the HIV epidemic

Gilead supports the research efforts of community organizations, academic institutions, clinical investigators, and research networks to help improve long-term care and engagement for people with HIV. Through this request for proposals, Gilead is making a specific request for community-based participatory research study proposals in the therapeutic area of HIV treatment. The CREATE U.S. Program is in addition to Gilead’s existing Investigator Sponsored Research Program, which supports investigator-sponsored research conducted by clinicians and researchers on Gilead’s marketed products and/or within therapeutic areas of interest to the company.

Through the CREATE U.S. Program, Gilead will evaluate and potentially support proposals which address one of the following topic areas with a particular focus of key affected communities and sub-populations* of people with HIV (PWH) facing barriers to access, adherence and/or quality of care:

  • Identifying innovative approaches to re-engage and continually engage people with HIV in HIV care, in particular ensuring rapidly re-starting HIV treatment following a treatment interruption
  • Adapting, pilot testing or evaluating practical evidence-based initiatives, programs or support systems to support PWH
    • Sustain long term virologic suppression
    • Access stigma-free care
    • Obtain person-centered care
    • Enhance quality of life including mental health

*Key affected communities/sub-populations include (but may not be limited to): Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color; transgender women; cisgender women; individuals ≥ 50 years of age; youth; immigrants/migrants; homeless/marginally housed; commercial sex workers; persons who use drugs or other substances; those with mental illness and/or clinical co-morbidities; individuals with viremia, low CD4, and/or pre-existing resistance; and low socioeconomic status/uninsured populations.


The intent of the CREATE U.S. RFP is to proactively request research proposals from the community or community-based organizations. The community is defined as entities and organizations including but not limited to those providing health or social services, education or advocacy for populations most impacted by HIV. To qualify as “research”, a hypothesis, objective and endpoints should be specified in the proposal. Qualitative research should be well defined, and how data will be used to improve/modify programs should be clear. The community organization must be the driver behind the research proposal and the orchestrator of the research project  not a secondary partner to a research entity  whether the study is qualitative or quantitative in nature. Community sites and investigators with limited research capacity or experience may partner with an institution or individuals as needed (e.g. academic institutions, etc), but the research funds need to go directly to the community site performing the research. This is not a grant for program development, but a research program with expectations that the study results will be presented and/or published in an appropriate forum. The CREATE U.S. Program is intended to provide the community with the results of the funded research so that those results may benefit others providing care for PWH.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant’s organization must provide services including but not limited to health or social services, education or advocacy for populations most impacted by HIV.
  • Applicant’s organization must be based in the United States.
  • Proposal should directly address a specific research question listed in this RFP.
  • Proposal should not include any medications for the treatment of HIV and should not evaluate the safety or efficacy of any medication.

Research Criteria

  • Have clear scientific objectives based on scientific hypotheses. For proposals that are descriptive only or fully qualitative in nature, where this may not apply, please explain how results will be used to improve programs or generate hypotheses for future studies
  • Collect appropriate metrics using defined, specific, and appropriate data collection methods
  • Have a plan to present results in scientific or large community forum and to other organizations, and to publish results in peer-reviewed journals
  • Note potential scalability and sustainability of the program once funding is complete (when applicable)
  • Highlight generalizability or applicability to other community settings
  • The proposed research will not take longer than 12 months to complete
  • Proposal should originate from a community entity and be led by a non-academic individual (e.g. one who has neither an academic appointment nor is employed at a higher learning institution). However, community groups as study leads can propose to partner with an academic institution to bolster research capacity.

Application Process & Submission Deadlines

To apply for consideration for funding under the CREATE U.S. Program, please submit a LOI via the Gilead Optics (GOptics) online portal.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

The LOI should contain a concise overview of your organization, which Tier you are applying for, the proposed project that directly addresses a CBPR topic (above) and a total estimated budget. Instructions on how to submit an LOI with screenshots are here


  • Aug. 15, 2023: LOI submission window opens
  • Oct. 3, 2023 (23:59 PDT): LOI submission window closes

A review of the LOIs will result in invitations for the top-scoring LOI applicants to submit a full proposal with a detailed budget. Below are the timelines for full submissions.

  • Oct. 13, 2023: Notice of LOI outcome, with invitations for full application submission
  • Nov. 10, 2023 (23:59 PDT): Full proposals are due

Instructions on how to submit a full proposal are here. All full proposals must be completed and submitted to GOptics in order for them to be reviewed.

Questions about the RFP or the application process can be submitted to:

Awards shall be for research purposes only. Requests that include routine medical care or other costs associated with routine medical care will not be considered.

Budget Considerations
Gilead plans to award of up to $800,000 in funds for these research proposals, dependent upon availability of funds and receipt of meritorious applications. Gilead anticipates that up to 10 awards will be granted.

Review Process
The data gaps and open research questions within the RFP have been discussed with and selected by a panel of community advisors. Each LOI that meets program requirements and is complete, will be assigned to multiple reviewers. Each reviewer will review and score the LOI and will evaluate how well the proposal addresses the RFP, the potential impact and significance of the study, the strength of the study design and sustainability/scalability/generalizability of the methods under study. Scoring is based on the modified NIH Scoring Tool. High-scoring LOIs will be discussed by a multidisciplinary committee. Submitters with the top LOI submissions will be invited to submit a full proposal. All full proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of internal reviewers and community advisors experienced in CBPR.

No Guarantee of Funding
Gilead reserves the right to approve or decline any application at its sole discretion. Submission of an LOI or a full application does not guarantee funding. 

No Inducement or Reward
Gilead approval of awards does not take into account the past, present, or future volume or value of any business or referrals between the parties. Awards are not being given, directly or indirectly, as an inducement or reward with respect to the past or potential future purchase, utilization, recommendation or formulary placement of any Gilead product. Furthermore, the awardee is not required to purchase, order, recommend or prescribe to any patients any products manufactured by or available through Gilead.