Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) Request for Applications (RFA) Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
February 4, 2014, Volume 60, No. 21
The 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.
CFAR is especially interested in proposals that bridge programmatic areas and, in particular, (a) projects that link clinical, basic and behavioral scientists and (b) investigators outside the HIV/AIDS field turning their focus to relevant projects linked with CFAR HIV/AIDS investigators.
All HIV/AIDS topics are welcome, and proposals are especially encouraged that address our high priority Scientific Working Group areas:
• HIV and Viral Hepatitis co-infection (with broad focus spanning basic, clinical, behavioral)
• HIV and Substance Use
• Strategies targeting HIV Eradication, HIV Reservoirs and Residual Inflammation
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 August 2014.
Eligibility and Award Types:
Non-Faculty members: Mentored Research Scholar awards
• Instructor level: Research Associate level
• 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.
* Guidelines for the Mentorship Plan are available through the CFAR website:
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.
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 one-page Mentorship Plan with a senior faculty member is strongly encouraged for junior faculty applicants*
We encourage applications from:
• New investigators who never have held extramural support from the NIH.
• Investigators who have not previously worked in HIV/AIDS.
• Investigators who have worked in HIV/AIDS who wish to study an area that represents a significant departure from their currently funded work.
Note: Clinical Trials cannot be supported through this funding mechanism.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 24, 2014.
Cover page/instructions may be found at www.med.upenn.edu/cfar/documents/Pilotcoverpg-instrucsFY2015final.doc
All applications that include planned research activities at international sites outside the US should be discussed with Dr. Pablo Tebas, firstname.lastname@example.org prior to preparation of the application.
Applications with research activities in Botswana must be reviewed and approved by Dr. Harvey Friedman, email@example.com before submission to determine feasibility and related expenses. For further information or questions please contact:
—Pablo Tebas, CFAR Developmental Core, firstname.lastname@example.org
—Luis J. Montaner, CFAR Developmental Core, email@example.com
—Evelyn Olivieri, Penn CFAR, firstname.lastname@example.org