The Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research

PAAIR is a five-year grant funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), awarded to Profs Mark Tomlinson, Ashraf Kagee and Leslie Swartz at Stellenbosch University, Prof Mary Jane Rotherham-Borus at UCLA, and Prof Carol Worthman at Emory University.

The aim of the Partnership is to facilitate research within the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University and partner institutions into alcohol use and HIV intervention research, focusing on developing capacity for research, and providing infrastructure to support research activities.

The Partnership will create a network for researchers at Stellenbosch University, the Oliver Tambo District in rural Eastern Cape, and partner universities and community agencies in the Cape Town area. Emerging and established investigators and community partners will be provided with multidisciplinary scientific support, training and mentoring, through the implementation of a pilot research grant fund. Each year, the Partnership will release a call for proposals for pilot projects in priority research areas.  In long-term it is hoped that the Partnership would contribute towards improving diversity, increasing capacity, and maximising the impact of the research undertaken by PAAIR investigators and their partners.