Academic-Community Partnership Awards

This Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Awards were developed in response to and in collaboration with the DC CFAR Community Partnership Council. The goal of this award is to provide pilot research funds to Co-Principal Investigator teams consisting of one early stage or new HIV/AIDS academic investigator and one community investigator to collect preliminary data that will lead to NIH funding in HIV/AIDS. The award funds will be shared between an academic institution and a community-based organization.

Academic Investigator Eligibility

Faculty investigators at eight participating DC CFAR institutions (American University, Children's National Health System, DC Health, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Whitman-Walker) who are full members of the DC CFAR are eligible to apply as the Academic Principal Investigator.

Principal Investigators must have a terminal degree and be eligible to submit NIH grant applications through their home institution’s office of research. PIs can either be Early Stage Investigators or New Investigators and must be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor or Research Scientist. 

Community Investigator Eligibility

Community investigators who are community members of the DC CFAR are eligible to apply. Applications for new membership will be accepted just prior to or at time of submission if the PI meets the eligibility criteria. Community investigators must be affiliated with a community-based organization (CBO) that is eligible to serve as a recipient of federal funding. CBOs must be located in the Washington, D.C. area. Community PIs must have demonstrable experience and expertise relevant to the HIV epidemic in DC.

Research Scope

The Academic-Community Partnership Awards fund research projects that focus on HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic illnesses. The scope of funded projects includes basic, clinical, epidemiologic, social behavioral and prevention HIV/AIDS science. Applications should focus on the NIH high priority HIV/AIDS research areas, which broadly focus on: reducing HIV/AIDS incidence; the next generation of HIV therapies and implementation research on the HIV continuum of care; cure research; HIV-associated comorbidities, coinfections, and complications; and cross cutting areas in basic research and health disparities. Applications are also strongly encouraged that focus on the following DC CFAR priorities: a) HIV Cure research; b) Ending the HIV Epidemic; c) Drug User Health; d) Women and HIV; and e) Aging and Comorbidities; f) Latina/x/o; g) Global; and h) Sexual and Gender Minorities. Proposals should directly address the Washington, DC population.

Application Process

Review the request for applications (PDF) and all application materials before completing the Letter of Intent.

Application Documents


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