Pilot Awards Program

The DC CFAR Pilot Awards Program aims to provide pilot funds on a competitive basis to HIV/AIDS investigators to assist them in the development of their NIH-funded research careers. 

Investigator Eligibility

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. 

These funds are provided to support early stage and new HIV/AIDS investigators and established scientists newly transitioning to the field of HIV/AIDS research, with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities.  Principal Investigators must have a doctoral degree and be eligible to submit NIH grant applications through their home institution’s office of research. PIs must be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor or Research Scientist. New and transitioning investigators are those that have not previously served as the PI on an HIV/AIDS-related R01 NIH award, or equivalent including R23, R29, R37, and DP2 (for more information, please visit the NIH guidance on investigator types. Clinical and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply as PIs. Post-doctoral fellows on a T32 are eligible to apply; however, funds cannot be used for training and stipends already paid for by the T32.

Research Scope

The Pilot Awards Program funds 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 are encouraged that 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.  Multidisciplinary or cross-institutional, collaborative research projects that are translational in nature are also strongly encouraged.  For this cycle, applications are also strongly encouraged that focus on the following DC CFAR priorities: Men who have sex and other sexual minorities; research conducted in collaboration with DC Cohort; 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.

For examples of these projects, please review the abstracts of previously funded projects. 

Application Process

Each year there are between one and three award cycles. Each cycle may vary slightly in terms of eligibility and scope of solicited proposals. Review the request for applications (RFA) (PDF) and all application materials before completing the Pre-Submission Form

Contact

Brandi Robinson
Scientific Specialist
202-994-4730
bnrobin@gwu.edu
 
Stephanie Sylvester, MBA
Fiscal Analyst
202-994-7639