Cooper HIV/AIDS Research Training (CHART) Program


Cooper HIV/AIDS Research Training (CHART) Program

The Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney is a leading global infectious disease research institute, recognised for its excellence in HIV research. We have a long-standing commitment to strengthening HIV research capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. The CHART Program is an initiative proposed by the late Professor David Cooper, founding director of the Kirby Institute.

The Cooper HIV/AIDS Research Training (CHART) Program is an initiative proposed by the late Professor David Cooper, founding Director of the Kirby Institute. An unconditional education grant provided by ViiV Healthcare has enabled this program to become a reality. High quality HIV research is essential to inform and improve clinical care and programming. Equally important is that research is locally driven and investigates issues of greatest priority and relevance to local stakeholders. In the Asia-Pacific region, there are an estimated 5.2 million people currently living with HIV, with less than 60% receiving treatment. The HIV epidemic in the region is complex, with significant differences between countries. There is a need to strengthen the capacity for countries in the region to undertake high quality HIV research. This is reflected in the relatively low rates of HIV-related publications in peerreviewed journals and the Kirby Institute’s direct experience collaborating on regional HIV research projects.


The CHART Program aims to inspire and increase the number of skilled and experienced researchers in the Asia-Pacific region, while addressing local HIV-related priorities. The Program will generate country-specific research findings, helping to ensure robust scientific evidence underpins regional HIV-related policy and practice.

Course overview

The CHART program will operate over 12 months through a ‘learning by doing’ model that includes three intensive skill-based workshops (6 days each) conducted at the Kirby institute, UNSW Sydney, with individual research projects conducted in home countries. Participants will be provided with close guidance and mentoring support from experienced researchers over the 12 months program and through to the submission of manuscripts for publication. Participants will be encouraged to present findings at regional conferences, including the annual HIV forum convened by Virology Education. A total of nine participants from low-, middle- and high-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region will be selected via a competitive entry process. Participants will be health professionals with an interest in HIV-related research.

  • Having a diversity of participants from low-, middle- and high-income countries is intended to facilitate the establishment of a regional support network between countries, and opportunities for collaborative HIV research projects.
  • CHART alumni will be encouraged to provide mentoring support to new researchers. Participants will be health professionals with an interest in HIV related research. Successful applicants will be either:
  • Involved in HIV-related prevention, care and management, or
  • Working within a Ministry of Health at a national or provincial level with responsibility for HIV-related policy development, or
  • A university academic working in public health or clinical research with some involvement in HIV-related research.

Eligible countries from the Asia-Pacific region :Cambodia, Lao PDR, Solomon Islands, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Fiji, Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong SAR, China, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Indonesia , Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Republic of Korea

Selection criteria for successful applicants
Applicants must satisfy the following essential selection criteria:

  • Currently working in a national, state or non-government organisation or major health institution and be involved in an HIV-related program.
  • Have a Masters in Public Health (MPH) or the equivalent.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (the language of course delivery), demonstrated through compliance with UNSW’s English language requirements.
  • Access to relevant HIV-related public health or clinical data for research purposes. 5. Availability and capacity to meet all course milestones (refer to the TDR milestones at

CHART key dates for 2019/2020


  • Open 1 March 2019 and close 22 April 2019

Workshop dates:

  • Workshop # 1: 19 August – 24 August 2019
  • Workshop # 2: 26 August – 31 August 2019
  • Workshop # 3: 30 March – 04 April 2020

How to apply

Simply download and complete the application form, and return a digital copy to Liza Doyle via her contact information below.

CHART contact:

Liza Doyle
International Training and Development Manager


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