Penn Center for AIDS Research

2014 RFA for Penn CFAR Pilot Grant Program in HIV/AIDS

Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) seeks applications to the pilot program offered through its Developmental Core. Proposals in HIV/AIDS clinical, pathogenesis, virology, immunology, structural biology, vaccine, epidemiology or prevention research are encouraged.

View the 2013 Developmental Workshop for an overview of the program.

The most recent submission deadline was March 2013; the NEXT pilot grant competition deadline will be in Spring 2014.

Award: We offer awards up to $40,000 for each grant. Grants are for a one-year period and are not renewable. It is expected that funds will be available in August 2013.


Faculty members (“General pilot awards”)

Post-graduate degree with an appointment equivalent to a staff scientist, assistant/research professor, associate/research professor, or professor at University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or The Wistar Institute.

A specific Mentorship Plan with a senior faculty member is strongly encouraged for junior faculty applicants

Non Faculty members (“Mentored Research Scholar awards”)

Research Associate

A one page mentorship plan with a mentor at the assistant professor level or above is required describing how this project will lead to independent funding.

Priority for Mentored Research Scholar Awards will be given to junior faculty who have no other source of funding and who are seeking to generate preliminary data for further NIH funding.

Please also refer to the CFAR mentorship plan guidelines for expectations of mentored activities:

We encourage applications from:

  • New investigators who never have held extramural support from the NIH
  • Established investigators who have not previously worked in HIV/AIDS
  • Investigators who have worked in HIV/AIDS but are planning to undertake a new research direction that is a significant departure from their currently funded work

NOTE: Clinical Trials cannot be supported through this funding mechanism

The most recent submission deadline was March 2013; the NEXT pilot grant competition deadline will be in Spring 2014.

Important additional information:

Pre-Submission Mentoring Workshop for Junior and New Investigators:

A Pre-Application Mentoring Workshop is offered annually to help junior and new investigators craft a stronger research proposal. For info on the workshop or individual mentoring, contact Evelyn Olivieri,

Pre-Submission Workshop: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Room 252 BRB

International Applications:

All applications that include an international component should be discussed with Dr. Tebas,, prior to preparation of the application.

Applications based in Botswana must be reviewed and approved by Dr. Harvey Friedman,, before submission to determine feasibility and related expenses.

CFAR Pilot Grant Program FAQ


Pablo Tebas, M.D. (Director CFAR Developmental Core)

Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., M.Sc., D.Phil. (Co-Director CFAR Developmental Core)

Evelyn Olivieri (Associate Director, Coordinator of the Pilot Program, Penn CFAR )