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 are 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.

The award level for this program is $30,000 in direct costs plus 8% foreign award indirect costs. If this application is awarded, indirect costs at appropriate rates will be added to the total direct costs. The term is one year.  

NOTE: Projects must be within NIH’s HIV/AIDS research high or medium priority areas. Projects in closely related areas (e.g. TB, HCV, drug use, etc.) must be clearly linked to HIV in order to be eligible for CFAR funding.

NIH does not allow CFAR to fund clinical trials. If you are considering a study involving any clinical or behavioral intervention, please contact ([email protected],edu, cc. [email protected]) with a brief description of your study to determine whether your proposed project would be eligible for funding through CFAR. If it is not, we will provide advice on alternative funding options.

Program Contact - Should you have any questions regarding submission or reporting procedures, please contact Brenda Sanchez, CFAR Developmental Core Manager. For more information, see for the complete guidelines for this RFA:

Applications for Fall 2021 must be submitted via the RAP website from August 30 to Monday, September 27, 2021 - 2:00 PM PST. Any questions about proposal submission and review process contact

Funding Opportunity, Eligibility, Apply to RAP

  1. Term: 1 year
  2. Number of awards: Dependent on available funding
  3. Award amount: $30,000 in direct costs
  4. To Apply: Apply by the deadline by 2 PM to the RAP website  additional information can be found at  (
  5. 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.
  6. Clinical Trials: NIH has revised the definition of Clinical Trials in 2018: ‘If your study involves one or more human subjects, involves one or more interventions, prospectively assigns human subjects to interventions and has a health-related biomedical or behavior outcome.’ If yes, Please contact Lauren Sterling or Brenda Sanchez with a brief description of your study ([email protected], cc: [email protected]) to determine whether your proposed project would be eligible for funding through CFAR.
  7. International Studies Require NIH Compliance: All International studies conducted in a foreign setting will require additional NIH review and approval. In addition, applicant must have IRB approvals for both local and foreign sites; institutional FWA numbers, and human subjects training certifications (for local and foreign investigators) before funds are released to the awardee via a subcontract. [See NIH checklist form:] Once all paperwork has been filed with the NIH, approval takes approximately 8–12 weeks.
  8. Human Subjects: New investigators should visit the CHR website for details on when and how to apply for CHR approval at Information on training, including online training resources, can be found on the CHR website at
  9. Progress reports: Will be due to the CFAR Program office at sip months and at the end of the project period.
  10. 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.
  11. Tips for Applying from Abroad: When submitting from a foreign country, make sure you submit well before the deadline to deal with possible local issues black outs, and internet access, etc.) and ensure your application is received on time. RAP will no longer accept applicants submitted after the deadline regardless of any circumstances.

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: Note: The mentor is allowed but not required to have supervisory authority over the applicant during the project period. If questions arise, please contact Lauren Sterling, at [email protected], CFAR Managing Director.

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.

CFAR makes funding decisions based on several factors – scientific review score, alignment of proposal to CFAR/OAR strategic goals, proposal research area of focus, potential for the PI to become an independent investigator, and alignment with other requirements set forth in the RFA.

V. OTHER RESOURCES: CFAR Sciences Cores - Awardees are encouraged to use one or more support services from our CFAR research resources:

  1. Implementation Science Scientific Interest Group – Applicants proposing a study in the field of implementation science are encouraged to receive feedback on their project from the CFAR Implementation Science Interest Group. Please contact Joe Watabe to coordinate ([email protected]).
  2. Clinical and Population Sciences Core: Steven Deeks, MD & Jeff Martin, MD, MPH, Directors; ([email protected]; [email protected]).
  3. Immunology Core: Peter Hunt, MD ([email protected]) and Nitasha Kumar, PhD, CIL Director ([email protected]).
  4. Specimen Bank Core: Richard Jordan, DDS, PhD, Director ([email protected]).
  5. Pharmacology Core: Francesca Aweeka, PharmD, Director ([email protected]).

International Mentored Science Awardees