NIH Application for Transition to DC CFAR

September 04, 2014

Dear DC D-CFAR Membership:

As many of you know, the DC D-CFAR recently submitted an application to the NIH to transition from a Developmental CFAR to a full CFAR, which would provide additional resources to support HIV research in Washington, DC. The mission of the proposed DC CFAR is to expand our multi-institutional effort to support research that contributes to ending the HIV epidemic in Washington, DC and beyond in partnership with local government and community. 

The DC D-CFAR Executive Committee would like the thank the numerous DC D-CFAR investigators, collaborating institutions, Advisory Board members, and government and community partners who contributed greatly to developing our >1,000 page application.  Our proposal describes our accomplishments to date as a developmental CFAR and outlines our proposed plans for expanded pilot awards, core services, and programming if we are successful in transitioning to a full CFAR.

  • Some of our key accomplishments to date during our first four years as a developmental CFAR include:
  • Enrolled 190 investigator members from 6 collaborating institutions
  • Supported a combined NIH funded research base of $65M over four years with 52 new NIH awards in HIV funded
  • Received 12 CFAR Administrative Supplements for $4.8M
  • Supported the recruitment of 40 new faculty members focused on HIV research
  • Received 81 pilot award applications, and funded 27 awards for $1.1M
  • Provided over 150 core services annually for the past two years
  • Contributed to more than 200 publications in Years 3 and 4 through Core support
  • Supported 12 City-Wide Scientific Seminars and 46 Core seminars or webinars
  • Co-sponsored or supported 10 HIV Conferences in DC and 6 Inter-CFAR meetings outside of DC
  • Hosted 3 Inter-CFAR meetings on ECHPP/HIV Continuum of Care and SBSRN

In the months ahead, we will keep you posted regarding the status of our application. The CFAR study section is scheduled to meet in November and the NIH Council review is scheduled for January 2015. We will also keep you informed about upcoming changes and expanded services and opportunities that we will begin implementing throughout Year 5 of the Developmental CFAR.

We thank you for your continued participation in the DC D-CFAR and we look forward to continuing to support the HIV research of our membership!

Sincerely,

Alan Greenberg and Gary Simon on behalf of the DC D-CFAR Executive Committee