SD CFAR Community Research Kick Start Grant



The San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) is accepting applications for a *new* Community Research Kick Start Grant program. This funding opportunity is intended to help support workshops, planning meetings, symposia, or other activities that are designed to promote new science, foster new collaborations, or increase capacity building. The purpose of the program is to “kick start” the development of new research ideas and other projects to address emerging issues and needs of communities most impacted by HIV. Community collaboration and partnership are strongly encouraged.

The San Diego CFAR promotes scientific and clinical studies in HIV and fosters researchers using innovative strategies to optimize HIV care, remove health disparities, support vaccine development and find a cure for HIV. Priority will be given to applications that align with the research priorities of SD CFAR and NIH Office of AIDS Research.

The funding amount will range from $500 up to $7,500 in direct costs, based on proposed activities. Note that for institutions outside of UC San Diego, the amount of funding available may be affected by your indirect cost rate. Projects must include at least one collaborating UC San Diego or San Diego CFAR faculty member, as funds will be issued to the faculty member’s institution. Proposals are reviewed and decided upon by the SD CFAR Operations Team. Proposals may be funded in whole or in part, and no single award will exceed $7,500. Awards for this funding cycle must be spent by July 31, 2022. All spending is subject to federal restrictions. Brief summary reports will be required within 60 days prior to project end date and 60 days after the project conclusion.

Application deadline: November 5, 2021

Award announcement: December 1, 2021

Awards must be spent by: July 31, 2022

Example proposal activities could include: 

  • A community-wide provider Needs Assessment to identify gaps in services.
  • Key informant interviews to measure clinic readiness to adopt a new treatment or technology.
  • Capacity-building trainings for scientists to gain skills in research dissemination or implementation science.
  • Convening a community consortium or workgroup to prepare a grant submission.
  • Issue-specific think tank sessions to narrow in on a research question.
  • Listening sessions to collect lessons learned from recently implemented programming or emerging issues.
  • Consumer Focus Groups to refine community responsive strategies and plans.
  • And more!

 Please submit applications to by November 5, 2021. Applications should not exceed 6 pages in total length and should include:  

1. Cover Sheet (1 page):

A. Applicant Information*: Full name, position title, organization name and address, phone number, and email address.

B. Collaborating Community Partner(s) and Role: Organization name, address, phone number, primary contact person name, phone number, and email address.

C. Title of Program/Activity

D. Human Subjects: Is the proposed activities considered “human subject research”? (Yes or No. If yes, notice of IRB approval or exemption must be submitted to SD CFAR by February 1, 2022.)

2. Specific Aims (1 page): List the key objectives of the proposed activities.

3. Proposal Narrative (up to 2 pages) ~ 1,000 words describing the:

A. Rationale for proposed activities in relation to promoting science, fostering collaboration, and/or increasing capacity building at UC San Diego and in the community

B. Approach or plan for executing activities.

C. Intended deliverable product or endpoint of the activity, such as a grant proposal, community report, newly formed community consortium, paper publication, etc.

D. Organizers and key personnel. List the names, affiliations, and roles/contributions of those who are responsible for implementing the proposed activities.

E. Collaborators within and outside of UC San Diego. Must include at least one UC San Diego or San Diego CFAR faculty member as one of the collaborators. The SD CFAR may be able to assist you in identifying a collaborating faculty member. Community collaborators are strongly encouraged.

4. Timeline (1 page or less) All activities must be completed by July 31, 2022.

5. Budget and Justification (1 page)

Please outline expenses and provide brief justification. Make sure to include total budget for the proposed activities, amount requested from SD CFAR, and if there are other sources of support. Indirect costs must be included.


*In order to ensure timely distribution of funds, please list the faculty member as the primary applicant (A) and the collaborating community partner second (B).



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