STIRF will not be advertising for PhD studentships for the academic year 2020-21
We invite researchers in various fields related to sexual health, HIV and other sexually transmitted viruses to apply for research funds.
Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Foundation (STIRF) was set up to pump prime research projects relating to the epidemiology, pathophysiology, management, and health care delivery of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in the West Midlands, Trent, Yorkshire, Northern and North West regions.
The primary aim is to provide initial funding to allow promising projects from researchers early in their career to obtain preliminary results as a prelude to acquire further funds from larger funding bodies.
We invite applications from researchers in the above regions on projects relating to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. All projects will be initially screened by the Scientific Committee of STIRF and those considered suitable will be sent for peer review by experts in the field.
The following fields of research will be considered in relation to STIs and HIV
- Epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
- Research on HPV and other sexually transmissible malignancies
- Health care delivery including views of clients
- Issues relating to deprived or marginalised communities.
- Pathophysiology of diseases and syndromes
- Inter-relationship between diseases
- Treatment modalities
- Complications of treatment and co-morbidities
Applications should not exceed £50,000 in the first year. Depending on satisfactory reports a further £25,000 may be available for the second year. Joint funding with other grant giving bodies will be considered.
For further information and guidance on how to apply visit
Deadline for applications is 31th December 2017
Applications using the appropriate form downloaded from the STIRF web site should be sent by email to:
Dr Mohsen Shahmanesh, (Hon Secretary STIRF)
This year we have had six applications for grants from Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, and Sheffield. These have been sent out to external scientific referees. The successful applicant will be informed in late September 2011.