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Evaluation

Developmental grant applications are evaluated on a number of criteria, including investigator eligibility, scientific merit, relevance, and potential for generating subsequent funding and publications.

Developmental grant applications received by the UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are evaluated by local, national, and international experts. Reviewers are selected based on expertise and lack of conflict of interest. These reviewers rate each application on a number of criteria, including the applicant's eligibility and the application's scientific merit, relevance to HIV/AIDS research, and potential to generate subsequent grants and publications.

Eligibility

Reviewers assess each applicant's eligibility and assign a rating, with preference given to junior-level investigators who have no other NIH or equivalent funding. Please review our eligibility requirements before you apply.

Restrictions

    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 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.

Scientific merit

Developmental grant reviewers are renowned experts in all areas of HIV/AIDS research. They evaluate each application on its innovation, feasibility, and potential contribution to the current body of knowledge.

Relevance

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.

Developmental grant applications must address an aspect of current HIV/AIDS research that has yet to be studied in depth or propose a new concept. Studies will be considered in virtually any area of basic science, clinical, behavioral, or public health research. We encourage applicants to use services from our Cores when appropriate for the application, though use of CFAR Cores is not required.

Applications for international HIV/AIDS research are welcome as well. Before submitting a Developmental grant application, please review our International Core funding opportunities to see if your proposal would be better suited for an International Pilot grant.

Potential

The UC San Diego CFAR is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our continued funding requires proof of our overall contribution to HIV/AIDS research. Consequently, each grant application is evaluated on its potential to generate subsequent peer-reviewed funding and publications.

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