International Mentored Scientist Award

The CFAR International Mentored Scientist Award seeks to provide opportunities to foreign scientists to compete for career-development funds. Project proposals should be geared toward the interests of the applicant (clinical, basic and/or behavioral-epidemiological research) and focus on HIV/AIDS research in the investigator’s home country. Recipients of these awards mentored throughout the project period by a UCSF or UCSF-affiliated faculty mentor. Applicants for this award must indicate a faculty research mentor(s) who will commit to guiding the applicant throughout the duration of the proposed project.

NOTE: Projects must be within NIH’s HIV/AIDS research high or medium priority areas. NIH does not allow CFAR to fund clinical trials or human use of an investigational drug. If you are considering a study involving a clinical intervention (e.g. approved drugs and/or standard-of-care), please contact Brenda Sanchez with a brief description of your study (brenda.sanchez@ucsf,edu, cc: to determine whether your proposed project would be eligible for funding through CFAR.

Applications must be submitted via the RAP website by February 27, 2:00 PM PT. Questions about proposal submission and review process contact

Funding Opportunity, Eligibility, Apply to RAP

  • Term: 1 year
  • Number of awards: Dependent on available funding
  • Award amount: $30,000 in direct costs
  • To Apply: Apply by the deadline of February 27 at 2 PM to the RAP website  additional information can be found at  (
  • Eligibility: Researchers (all levels), post-doctoral fellows, and trainees located in a foreign country who have not received an NIH R01-equivalent grant in HIV/AIDS. More senior faculty members may apply only if they are newly entering the field of HIV research.
  • International Compliance: CFAR-funded research conducted in an international setting must have both UCSF and international institution CHR approval and must be approved by the NIH before funding will be released to the awardees institution via subcontract at UCSF.
  • Progress reports: Will be due to the CFAR Program office at six months and at the end of the project period.
  • Carry-forwards: Carry-forwards are not guaranteed and must be fully justified. If this application is awarded, indirect costs at appropriate rates will be added to the total direct costs.

Application Submittal from Abroad: When submitting from a foreign country, make sure you submit well before the deadline to deal with possible local issues (black outs, no internet access, etc.) and ensure your application is received on time. RAP will no longer accept applications submitted after the deadline regardless of any circumstances.

Designation of Research Mentor
All International Mentored award applications require a faculty research mentor from UCSF or a UCSF-affiliate. ( CFAR requires your research mentor’s support to advise and guide the research portion of your application before submitting it to RAP. If no such person has yet been named, the applicant must arrange this before submission of the grant proposal. The mentor should be recognized as an accomplished investigator in AIDS research, and should be able to demonstrate past success in training/mentoring independent investigators. The mentor’s role is to provide oversight on the planning, direction, and execution of the proposed research. In addition, the mentor must commit to mentoring the applicant’s throughout the duration of the research project.

NOTE: Mentor cannot have supervisory authority over the applicant(s) under any circumstance part-time or full-time during the project period. If the applicant works in your lab and you are his/her supervisor, you are required to find another person to act as a Research Mentor for the applicant’s project. If questions arise, please contact Lauren Sterling, at, CFAR Managing Director.

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Completed applications which meet eligibility requirements will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate review committee convened by the UCSF Resource Allocation Program in accordance with NIH review criteria: 1. Significance, 2. Approach, 3. Innovation, 4. Investigator, 5. Environment. Each of these criteria will be addressed and considered in assigning the overall application score.

Program Contact:
Should you have any questions regarding submission or reporting procedures, please contact Brenda Sanchez, CFAR Core Development Manager, at For additional information see guidelines description:   

International Mentored Science Awardees