Training and Education

The Developmental Core provides a robust portfolio of educational and training opportunities for DC CFAR investigators. These services are intended to enhance research and technical skills and facilitate multi-disciplinary, collaborative research.

Grant Writing Workshops

Grant Writing Workshops help educate investigators about grant writing opportunities and skills. Workshops cover various topics such as NIH funding opportunities; peer review process and reviewer evaluation criteria; development of research questions, specific aims and hypotheses and writing significance and methods and sections.

Research Seminars

Research Seminars serve to highlight the research proposals and findings of DC CFAR pilot award recipients. These seminars serve a dual purpose in offering our membership an opportunity to learn more about DC CFAR-funded HIV/AIDS research, and in providing award recipients an opportunity to practice presenting their research and to receive feedback that may inform future publications and subsequent grant applications.

DC CFAR Collaborative Series

The DC CFAR Collaborative Series began as a pilot program in spring 2018 to promote HIV research and multidisciplinary collaborations among investigators at Howard. Based on its success, this popular activity has been expanded to include all DC CFAR members with the goal of fostering multi-institutional collaborations and grant applications. Recordings are available.

Benchside to Community Series

The DC CFAR Developmental Core Benchside to Community is a series of virtual seminars featuring a conversation between research and community members. These seminars foster collaboration, discussion, and public awareness in different areas. Recordings are available. 

Journal Club Webinars

Journal Club Webinars provide presentations and open discussions on cutting-edge research topics across disciplines. Each webinar involves a synopsis of a recent publication chosen by a lead investigator who moderates the session. Respondents from different disciplines (Basic, Clinical and Social Behavioral Sciences) then provide their perspectives. Ample time is given for open discussion and exploration of possible collaborations for future research initiatives.

The recordings for the Journal Club Webinars are available. 

My Path to Independence in HIV Research Lecture Series

My Path to Independence in HIV Research is a new Developmental Core Lecture Series to showcase prominent researchers from across the country who provide autobiographical accounts of their careers in HIV research, specifically their pathways to career and research independence. This lecture series is a special opportunity for early career investigators to learn and share questions and comments about the pathways to career/research independence. The recordings for the lecture series are available.