Mission and Aims


The mission of the DC CFAR is to advance our multi-institutional research effort to contribute to ending the HIV epidemic and improving the health and quality of life of persons with HIV in Washington, DC and beyond in partnership with community and government.


In order to successfully accomplish this mission, the DC CFAR is committed to:

  1. Provide scientific leadership and institutional infrastructure to promote and support HIV science across collaborating DC CFAR institutions. 
  2. Stimulate and support innovative, interdisciplinary, and impactful basic, clinical, and social and behavioral science research in the NIH high priority HIV scientific focus areas. 
  3. Drive the development of early stage and new investigators through an array of innovative pilot award, mentoring and pathway programs with an emphasis on groups underrepresented in HIV science.
  4. Foster communication and collaboration with academic, community, government, clinical and CFAR network partners. 

The DC CFAR also contributes to the national CFAR mission, which is to support a multidisciplinary environment that promotes basic, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral, and translational research in the prevention, detection, and treatment of HIV infection and the associated complications/comorbidities.