Core Services Voucher Program

The UCSF-GIVI CFAR Basic and Clinical Cores provide specialized services and research support to advance Basic, Clinical and Behavioral research in HIV/AIDS. To enhance the use and utility of CFAR Cores, especially among Early Stage Investigators and/or New Users, CFAR is offering funding "vouchers" for direct application to the core that best suits your research needs. Applications will be considered only for work that is not included in the Investigator's (or collaborators') current internal or external funding sources. Given the limited number of awards available, priority will be given to innovative translational research proposals supported by excellent rationale and with potential for high impact. Projects must be completed within 6 months of award date, and are not renewable or transferable. Voucher funds are provided directly to the CFAR Core. A brief summary of work completed is required by the awardee at project completion. Vouchers are available until all appropriated funds are awarded.

Vouchers for up to $4,000 can be used at a designated CFAR Core to fund:

  • Pilot work to generate preliminary data
  • Development of a new test or service
  • Personnel effort, reagents, and/or consumables to support a designated project
  • Fee-for-service work
  • Novel, currently unfunded use of a core for an ongoing project

Vouchers cannot be used for:

  • Facilities and administrative costs (including effort)
  • Travel, food, entertainment

Applicant Eligibility

Early stage investigators with an academic title at UCSF and affiliated institutions (see our partner institutes) are encouraged to apply (assistant professor, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student). More senior faculty members may apply, provided they are newly entering the field of HIV research or are new users of the designated CFAR Core.


  1. Identify a project with defined rationale, scope, projected outcome and timeline to be completed at a CFAR Core.
  2. Discuss feasibility with CFAR Core Director or designee. Core Director approval is required in application (see below for list of Core Directors).
  3. Prepare application including description of project rationale, scope, Core services or effort requested, itemized budget.
  4. Proposals will undergo thorough but rapid review. The Core Director listed in the application will be consulted for feasibility of completion within the timeframe. The panel will recommend whether to fund/not fund.

Additional Requirements

  • Award recipients and proposal title may be posted on the UCSF-GIVI website.
  • Award recipients must provide final summary of results.
  • UCSF-GIVI CFAR funding must be acknowledged in any reports, abstracts or publications supported by the Vouchers as follows: This research was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, University of California, San Francisco-Gladstone Institute of Virology & Immunology Center for AIDS Research, P30-AI027763.

CFAR Cores Participating in the Voucher Program

AIDS Specimen Bank

Director:Yvonne DeSouza, MS
Example: Pilot study to explore novel PBMC freezing method on T-cell viability and function

Clinical/Population Sciences

Co-Directors: Steven Deeks, MD and Jeffery Martin, MD, MPH
Example: Feasibility of identifying and obtaining biological specimens from rare clinical phenotypes


Director: Jeffrey Milush, PhD
Example: Developing a new multi-colored immunophenotyping panel


Director: Francesca Aweeka, PharmD
Example: Drug assay method modification to determine presence or absence of select ARVs in dried blood spots


Co-Directors: Teri Liegler, PhD and Joseph Wong MD
Example: Novel HIV-1 quantitation methods in limited sample volumes