Providence/Boston Center for Aids Research (CFAR)

CFAR Developmental Grants

The CFAR Research Development Fund provides support for three types of projects - Initial AIDS Research Projects, Pilot Projects and Collaborative Projects.

Those interested in submitting a proposal for the Fall 2021 announcement must submit a Letter of Intent no later than a 5:00pm EST on Monday, August 23, 2021. 

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The CFAR Research Development Fund provides support for three types of projects - Initial AIDS Research Projects, Pilot Projects and Collaborative Projects.  Please note, the CFAR is unable to fund Clinical Trials.

  1. Initial AIDS Research Projects: Basic or clinical investigators new to the AIDS Research field who do not have previous AIDS-related NIH research support. The major goal is to provide support for junior investigators to carry out mentored research which will provide the background for the application for NIH RO1 HIV/AIDS funding. Eligible applicants include those who have not yet received R01 type funding from NIH in the HIV/AIDS field.
  2. Pilot Projects: In exceptional instances awards may be made for Pilot Projects for individuals with current NIH support in another field, who would like to apply for initial support for research in the HIV/AIDS field. Eligible applicants include those who may have received R01 type funding from NIH, but not in the HIV/AIDS field (new to HIV research).
  3. Collaborative Projects: Awards may also be requested for Collaborative Projects involving two established investigators, with the primary Principal Investigator being an individual with no previous work in the HIV/AIDS field (e.g., joint research involving a retrovirologist and a structural engineer). 

Other AIDS research projects that do not fall within above guidelines may be considered on a case-by-case basis, by the Developmental Core Directors, provided that such proposed projects are developmental in nature and have the potential for future NIH funding.  Eligible applicants must include at least one HIV investigator; collaborators must not have or had previous NIH R01 type funding together.

Developmental funding is not intended to supplement an ongoing NIH-funded project but rather stimulate new research topics and inter-disciplinary collaborations. All grants have a primary goal of providing support to the PI to obtain preliminary information necessary to successfully apply for R01 or other grant funding from NIH or other outside sources.


Applicants for all types of projects must have a full-time appointment at either Brown University or Boston University. Faculty must have at least an appointment of Instructor or Investigator to apply.  Applications from post-doctoral fellows will not be accepted unless a faculty promotion letter (e.g. a letter confirming the intent of the institution to promote the applicant to an eligible position by the activation of the award) is attached to the application.

Faculty with backgrounds in either basic or clinical investigation, including investigators committed to research in the developing world are encouraged to apply.

In exceptional circumstances, individuals who have successfully reached the goal established for an initial CFAR developmental grant, and have obtained NIH-R01 funding for further related studies, may be eligible to apply for a second CFAR Developmental Grant in a new HIV/AIDS research domain. Please contact the CFAR office ([email protected]) to discuss eligibility.


Applications due April 1st

  • Letter of Intent due:  February 1st (by 5:00pm EST)
  • Notification of selected LOIs: February 8th
  • Full applications due:  April 1st 
  • Funding decisions:  May 26th


Applications due October 1st

  • Letter of Intent due:  August 3rd (by 5:00pm EST)
  • Notification of selected LOIs: August 10th
  • Full applications due:  October 1st
  • Funding decisions:  November 25th 

Anticipated Funding Period

Fall:  January 1st - December 31st
Spring:  July 1st - June 30th