About the Office of AIDS Research

Who We Are

The Office of AIDS Research (OAR) coordinates HIV/AIDS research across the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH provides the largest public investment in HIV/AIDS research globally. 

As HIV crosses nearly every area of medicine and scientific investigation, the response to the HIV pandemic requires a multi-Institute, multidisciplinary, global research program. OAR provides scientific coordination and management of this research program. 

OAR coordinates the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy components of NIH HIV/AIDS research.

What We Do

OAR is authorized to—

  • Establish research priorities. OAR works across the NIH and with the scientific and HIV communities to establish the scientific research priorities for the global fight against HIV.
  • Develop the strategic plan for HIV research. OAR produces the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research, which identifies research priorities for NIH-funded intramural and extramural research.
  • Ensure that funds are invested in the areas of highest scientific priority. Based on the strategic plan, OAR plans and evaluates the NIH-wide research portfolio. OAR identifies opportunities and addresses gaps to guide the HIV research agenda.
  • Address emerging needs. OAR convenes stakeholders, encourages collaboration, and catalyzes innovation to address emerging scientific and public health challenges.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and manage all NIH HIV-related research. OAR coordinates the scientific, budgetary, legislative, and policy components of NIH HIV/AIDS research.

OAR Factsheet

 


OAR is located in the Office of the NIH Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI).

This page last reviewed on February 2, 2022