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

August 29, 2018

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 early stage investigators who demonstrate potential to successfully compete for future federal funding and eventually establish themselves as independent NIH-funded investigators.

Faculty investigators at the eight participating DC CFAR institutions (American University, Children's National Medical Center, DC Department of Health, 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 that focus on the following DC CFAR priorities: 
  • HIV and the opioid epidemic;
  • Women and HIV; 
  • HIV malignancies; and 
  • HIV and aging and other comorbidities. 
Collaborations are strongly encouraged with other large NIH-funded HIV studies in DC including the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and the  DC Cohort. Investigators interested in exploring such collaborations should contact Ms. Brandi Robinson who will facilitate connectivity to these projects. 
For complete details about this funding opportunity, please click here. Presubmissions are due September 11, 2018.