CFAR Funding Programs

CFAR provides direct funding for innovative and developmental research through programs administered by the Developmental Core. From 2007-2022 we have distributed awards in excess of $12.3 MM for more than 280 research projects.

CFAR offers three types of Developmental Awards mechanisms: Pilot Award, Mentored Science Award, and International Mentored Scientist Award programs as described in this webpage. The Spring 2023 RFA begins January 24, 2023 - February 27, 2023. Apply here: RAP Allocation Program.

NOTE: CFAR has made several strategic updates to Developmental Award programs, highlighted below:

1. Award amounts have been increased for all CFAR programs (Mentored Scientist and Pilot Awards to $50,000 for one year and the International Mentored Science Award to $30,000 for one year.)

2. The Basic Science program has been combined with the Mentored Scientist Program. 

3. Eligibility Criteria have changed for the Mentored Scientist and Pilot Award Programs:

a) The Mentored Scientist Award program is targeted to early stage investigators (clinical or postdoctoral fellows or faculty at the assistant professor level or below).

b) The Pilot Award Program is now targeted to investigators who are new to HIV (assistant or associate faculty with no prior HIV funding).

4. All projects must be within NIH’s HIV/AIDS research high or medium priority areas.

Active CFAR Award Programs

Program Developmental International Focus Supplemental
Maximum Award Amount $50,000 $30,000 $75K-$100,000+
Award Period 1 year 1 year 1 year
General Pilot Award    
Mentored Scientist Award    
International Mentored Scientist Award    
HIV and Malignancies    
Outside the Box AIDS Vaccine Award    
HIV Coinfection    

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