Pilot Grants


Since 2006, the International Core has collaborated with the Developmental Core to offer International Pilot grants, because we believe in-country investigators are best qualified to lead in-country research. Our goal is to see more NIH-funded HIV research studies in the labs and clinics of scientists in low- and middle-income countries. 

International Pilot grants are a first step toward independent NIH funding. They provide foreign researchers an opportunity to collect data for larger grant proposals, as well as in training in study design, protection of human research participants, and management of U.S. funds. Additionally, many SD CFAR core services, such as biostatistics and modeling, are available for free or at reduced cost.

International Pilot grants are currently offered to foreign HIV researchers in Brazil, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, MozambiqueSouth Africa, and Ukraine.

Applicants must work with an SD CFAR member, who serves as a mentor and adviser. The maximum amount that can be requested for a Pilot grant is $40,000. Please visit our International Grant Help page for more information or email your questions to cfar@ucsd.edu.

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