New DC CFAR RFA: Award funding up to $50,000

August 09, 2017

The District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR) is pleased to announce the next cycle of research proposal solicitations through its Pilot Awards Program. This competitive program seeks to provide pilot research funds to HIV/AIDS investigators who demonstrate potential to successfully compete for future federal funding and eventually establish themselves as independent NIH-funded investigators.

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

The Pilot Awards Program specifically funds research projects that focus on HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic illnesses. The scope of projects that will be considered for this cycle is broad and 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 from investigative teams from at least two of the three DC CFAR Scientific Core Areas (Basic Sciences, Clinical and Population Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences), and/or from at least two different DC CFAR institutions. Although it is not required that the project take place in Washington, DC, investigators should be prepared to demonstrate how their research project relates to, and could impact, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the District of Columbia.

Resubmission applications will also be accepted from investigators who applied to a previous cycle of the program but did not receive funding.

For complete details about this funding opportunity, please visit our website. All documents including the Pre-Submission Form, RFA, Budget Instructions and Budget Form are available online. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Brandi Robinson.