Pilot Award RFP

Duke 2023 CFAR  Pilot Award Request for Proposals

The CFAR Developmental Core Pilot Awards support scientific studies for 1 year. The purpose of these awards is to develop preliminary data for peer-reviewed applications.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

NEW: Two types of Pilot Awards are now available!

  • Standard Pilot Awards (7 pages) – up to a maximum award of $100,000 direct funding
  • Focused Pilot Awards (3 pages) – up to a maximum award of $60,000 direct funding

        Proposals must target one of the NIH HIV/AIDS Priority Areas of Research.

RFP Schedule

  • REQUIRED Letter of Intent Due:  Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Proposals Due:  May 1, 2023
  • Application Review:  May 2023
  • Projected Award Date:  July 1, 2023
  • Period of Award:  Award period is 12 months or less    

Letter of Intent Submission (download form) will be through this LINK

Download the required documents:                  

Coversheet - DOC
Checklist – DOC
Core Services Doc – webpagePDF

Eligibility for CFAR Pilot Grant Award


  • No prior R01 level funding in the HIV/AIDS field
  • Applicants with prior R01 funding in other fields are encouraged to apply

Post-doctoral and Clinical fellows

  • Applicants with a current K award must have NIH pre-approval
  • T32 awardees cannot use CFAR award for training or stipends
  • Separate letter of support from faculty mentor required, see Application information below
  • If proposal is reviewed and meets scoring criteria for award, PI Status must be submitted and obtained by department prior to CFAR issuing an award notification (JIT)

*Questions on eligibility should be directed to the CFAR Developmental Core