CFAR Funding Programs

CFAR provides direct funding for innovative and developmental research through programs administered by the Developmental CoreExplore all awards in in our online database.

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: Mentored Science AwardInternational Mentored Scientist Award, and Pilot Award for Investigators New to HIV. Applications are administered through the RAP Allocation Program.

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:
    • The Mentored Scientist Award program is targeted to early stage investigators (clinical or postdoctoral fellows or faculty at the assistant professor level or below).
    • 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 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
Mentored Scientist Award    
Pilot Award for Investigators New to HIV    
International Mentored Scientist Award    
Supplemental Awards (EHE, MPX, CFAR Administrative)    

Recent Awards

12 Awards

Award Recipient Award date Award Type
Engagement in HIV prevention and preferences for long-acting injectable cabotegravir delivery in fishing communities along Lake Victoria, Kenya Holly Nishimura, PhD, MPH Spring Mentored Scientist Award
Social networks and their role in early initiation of antenatal care by HIV serostatus in Uganda Alison Comfort, PhD Spring Mentored Scientist Award
Adipose Tissue Alterations Related to HIV and Antiretroviral Therapy Diana Alba, MD Spring Mentored Scientist Award
Empowering adolescent girls and young women with PrEP: Integrating linkages to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis into the Queen Club intervention in Tanzania Tracy Lin, PhD Spring Mentored Scientist Award
Delivering long-acting HIV treatment and prevention for people with marginal housing, mental health, and substance use challenges Jennifer Velloza, PhD, MPH Spring Low-Barrier
Better together: Identifying strategies to manage HIV & stimulant use disorder in women's health primary care Ayesha Appa, MD Spring Low-Barrier
Adipose Tissue Alterations Related to HIV and Antiretroviral Therapy Diana Alba, MD Spring Low-Barrier
Hyperlipidemia and Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Among Persons Living with HIV in East Africa Megan McLaughlin, MD, MPH Fall Mentored Scientist Award
Deep analysis of SARS-CoV-2-specific serological and T cell responses in people living with HIV Tongcui Ma, PhD Fall Mentored Scientist Award
PrEP Choice: Developing a PrEP decision support tool for young men who have sex with men Hyman Scott, MD, MPH Fall Mentored Scientist Award
Systematic testing for HIV and tuberculosis among community members attending social drinking venues in Lusaka, Zambia Andrew Kerkhoff, MD, PhD, MSc Fall Mentored Scientist Award
Modulating Interleukin-2-Inducible T-cell Kinase (ITK) to Target HIV Persistence Prerna Dabral, PhD Fall Mentored Scientist Award