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Penn Center for AIDS Research

RFA for Penn CFAR Pilot Grant Program in HIV/AIDS

The Application Deadline is Monday, November 13th, 2017.

Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) is inviting Pilot Grant applications offered through its Developmental Core. Proposals in HIV/AIDS clinical care, pathogenesis, virology, immunology, structural biology, vaccine development, epidemiology, or prevention research are considered relevant to the goals of the Developmental Core.

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The Developmental Pre-Application Workshop will be held later this fall; please check back for details. In the interim, investigators interested in applying for a Developmental Pilot are encouraged to watch a video of last year's presentations.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 13th, 2017

All proposals must address medium to high priority areas in the NIH Priorities for HIV/AIDS research. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-137.html

We especially encourage proposals that address areas of particular interest such as :

  • HIV Reservoirs
  • HIV and Disparities (including biobehavioral approaches)
  • AIDS-associated malignancies (basic to clinical, must involve some HIV-linked aspect of study)
  • Inflammation, metabolic complications, and comorbidities of HIV infection
  • Application of novel engineering and other technologies to critical problems in HIV diagnostics or monitoring, understanding of pathogenesis, or other areas.

Amount:  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 July 2018. 

Eligibility:

General pilot awards

Faculty appointment equivalent to Assistant Professor or Staff Scientist and above in any track at a Penn CFAR institution (University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or The Wistar Institute)

For junior faculty applicants, a one-page mentorship plan with a senior faculty member is strongly encouraged; for non-HIV/AIDS investigators of any level, a partnership plan with an established HIV/AIDS investigator is also encouraged.

Mentored Research Scholar awards

Young investigators at the Instructor/Research Associate level who are poised to begin an independent project within a mentored environment


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.

A letter of support from their scientific mentor is also required.

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

General Pilot Awards Eligibility

  • New investigators who never have held extramural R01-level support from the NIH
  • Investigators who have not previously been funded for work in HIV/AIDS
  • Investigators who have worked in HIV/AIDS who wish to study an area that is a significant departure from their currently funded work
  • New interdisciplinary collaborations involving investigators from different disciplines who have not previously worked together

International Applications:  

  • Applications with research activities in Botswana must be discussed with and approved by Dr. Robert Gross prior to preparation of the application. grossr@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
  • All applications that include planned research activities at other international sites outside the U.S. should be discussed with Dr. Pablo Tebas prior to preparation of the application. Pablo.Tebas@uphs.upenn.edu

Application Deadline: Monday, November 13th, 2017