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Requirements for applicants of CFAR International Pilot grants

The UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Core accepts Pilot grant applications from investigators who meet the criteria below. If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact us.

Research priorities

International Pilot 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.

Principal investigator credentials

As Principal Investigator (PIs) of a CFAR International Pilot grant, you must have a doctoral degree and an appointment at an academic or government institution in one of our seven focus countries. Your appointment must be similar to an Assistant Professor or above.

Institutional requirements

International Pilot grants are awarded to investigators in seven focus countries. Preference will be given to projects based in Mexico and Mozambique. Funds are also available to support meritorious projects in Brazil, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Your institution must be an academic or government entity in one of the focus countries noted above. Your institution must be eligible for and able to administer U.S. federal grants. In addition, your institution must be affiliated with an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee that has obtained U.S. Federalwide Assurance.

CFAR collaborator

You must collaborate with a CFAR member on your Pilot grant application. Your collaborator may be based at UC San Diego or one of our CFAR member institutions. He or she must have an academic appointment at or above the Assistant Professor level. Your collaborator will help you prepare and submit your application and, if awarded, will advise you throughout the study.


  1. Postdoctoral fellows may not apply for Pilot grants, and these grants may not be used to provide salaries for postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral fellows may not serve as the CFAR collaborator on Pilot grant applications.
  2. Pilot grants cannot support clinical trials or studies involving new drugs, treatments, or devices, or off-label use of a licensed drug.
  3. Pilot grants cannot fund travel to scientific meetings. The only exception is that unfunded junior investigators may include travel to a scientific meeting to present the results of the CFAR International Pilot grant.
  4. Applicants may submit only one Pilot grant application per cycle.


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

  • 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).
  • Investigators of any level who propose feasibility studies or pilot studies of evolving research opportunities. Our Pilot grants can help you test new ideas and concepts and use the results to apply for larger, more competitive peer-reviewed grants.
  • 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 and their institutions. We welcome the infusion of new ideas from specialists in other fields.