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CFAR Pilot Grants


The intent of a CFAR Developmental Core Pilot Grant is to support scientific studies for a period of 1 year to develop preliminary data for peer-reviewed research applications.  Four general areas are eligible for support through the Developmental Core:

  • Early Stage Investigators without previous R01 level funding
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Emerging research opportunities
  • Established Investigators who are new to HIV/AIDS research

Additional information regarding eligibility:

  • High priority for developmental awards will be given to junior faculty. 
  • The CFAR Development Core may be used to fund a collaborative study that encompasses two different scientific disciplines that may not have collaborated previously. 
  • Graduate students lacking a terminal degree are not eligible. 
  • Fellows (postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows) become eligible to apply for funding after completing at least 6 months of their fellowship. 
  • Prior approval from NIH Program Staff is required for developmental awards to senior investigators.
  • The use of the CFAR Cores for development and implementation of your proposal is strongly encouraged.
  • The CFAR Executive Committee is willing to consider funding meritorious CFAR Small Grant applications from investigators who have previously received CFAR Small Grant awards if:
    1. the previous CFAR Small Grant award was productive (i.e., resulted in peer-reviewed publications and/or subsequent funding)
    2. the “new” CFAR Small Grant application is in a research area different than the originally funded proposal (i.e. not an extension of the original work), and
    3. the new application receives a fundable score. 
  • Previous CFAR Small Grant recipients must have pre-approval from CFAR Developmental Core Director ( before submitting a proposal.


CFAR Microgrants
CFAR Supplements