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Eligibility and restrictions

Eligibility requirements and restrictions for Developmental grants

The UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) offers Developmental grants to investigators who meet the criteria below. If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact us.


To be eligible for our Developmental grants, you must possess a doctoral-level degree and have an academic appointment at or above the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at one of our member institutions.


  1. Postdoctoral fellows may not apply for Developmental grants, and these grants may not be used to provide salaries for postdoctoral fellows.
  2. Developmental grants cannot support clinical trials or studies involving new drugs, treatments, or devices, or off-label use of a licensed drug.
  3. Applicants may submit only one Developmental grant application per cycle.
  4. Developmental grant applications will be considered only for projects that meet criteria for either High or Medium Priority topics, as established by NIH in NOT-OD-15-137. Applications that are in Low Priority topics of interest will not be considered for CFAR funding.


To meet the requirements of the NIH, which funds the CFAR, grants are awarded to applicants in the following categories, with the first category receiving the highest preference:

  1. Junior-level investigators who do not yet have their own NIH or similar funding. If you are not familiar with the NIH funding process, please view a quick guide to NIH grants (Powerpoint 2007).
  2. Investigators of any level who propose feasibility studies or pilot studies of evolving research opportunities. Our Developmental grants' rapid funding process helps you test new ideas and concepts relatively quickly and use the results to apply for larger, more competitive peer-reviewed grants.
  3. Established investigators in other disciplines who are new to HIV/AIDS research. One of the CFAR's goals is to foster interdisciplinary research among our members. We welcome the infusion of new ideas from specialists in other fields.
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