Ce-PIM is made up of three main structural components to support its missions of research, training/mentoring, and methodologic contributions in scaling-up interventions into communities and service delivery systems. Those components are: an Administrative Core, a Methodology Core, and its Qualifying Grants. Our Center’s focus is on implementation of programs to prevent HIV transmission, but its methodologic developments are of general used in implementing effective programs in communities and organizations.


The Administrative Core, led by Ce-PIM director Hendricks Brown, JD Smith, and Juan Villamar, houses the Operations Committee and Ce-PIM administrative staff. This core carries out the day to day operations of the center. The functions of the Administrative Core are: 1) coordinate and monitor frequency, quality, and effectiveness of relationships among and between Ce-PIM researchers, mentees, work groups, and partners; 2) offer support and resources to Qualifying Grants to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of advances and products in HIV/AIDS research; 3) provide support in response to emerging trends in HIV and drug abuse.


The Methodology Core, co-led by Dr. Brian Mustanski and Hendricks Brown, is responsible for developing methods for drug abuse and HIV prevention. The functions of the Methods Core are: 1) secure success of biomedical innovations in HIV prevention, which includes biomedical interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment-as-prevention (TasP), through increased adoption, delivery, and sustainability of these interventions by and through community health care systems to those who would benefit the most; 2) build simulation models that test and measure different implementation strategies for HIV prevention to improve decision making in practice (e.g., local health departments) and research; 3) develop and test low burden, unobtrusive implementation measures; and 4) design rigorous large scale tests of implementation strategies.


The Ce-PIM Qualifying Grants represent exemplar prevention efforts in the fields of HIV/AIDS research, drug abuse prevention, and implementation methodology. One of our objectives is to support each qualifying grants in obtaining new research funding. We also seek to integrate our Qualifying Grants together to support a large scale implementation focused on minority Men who has Sex with Men (MSMs). Learn more about our Qualifying Grants below.

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Additionally, the Ce-PIM structure has four other components,:

  • Community Collaborative Board: This board is one of two, which provides external oversight to Ce-PIM leadership. Through an agreement with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, we share this board with the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC-CFAR). This board is composed by local leaders who bring critical expertise to halt the spread of HIV in Chicago. They represent the delivery systems for and the consumers of HIV prevention interventions. Please visit our Advisors page for a full list of members and affiliations.
  • Scientific Advisory Board: Our second external oversight board represents researchers in diverse scientific fields who keep Ce-PIM leaderships abreast of new scientific developments and provide links to a broad set of researchers. Please visit our Advisors page for a full list of members and affiliations.
  • Executive Committee: Composed of members of the Administrative Core, the Methodology Core, and the Qualifying Grants, this committee is the major decision making body of Ce-PIM. Chaired by Hendricks Brown, this committee sets policies, monitors progress, allocates resources, and votes on recommendations to carry out the overarching aims of Ce-PIM.
  • External Partners: Our partners represent broader connections to research, service delivery, public health units and federal agencies, as well as organizations devoted to methodology development. Please visit our Partners page for a full list of Ce-PIM partners.

Ce-PIM Qualifying Grants