Developmental Grants

Designed to mentor and support new investigators and new ideas in HIV/AIDS research.


The Developmental grant program is designed to mentor and support new investigators and new ideas in HIV research. Applications are accepted from junior investigators who hold a faculty appointment and from established investigators in other fields newly applying their expertise to HIV. All applicants must have faculty-level appointments at a San Diego CFAR member institution. Applicants must adhere to several criteria and must undergo a rigorous, objective review process.


Junior investigators must identify a mentor prior to submission of the proposal. The mentor will provide assistance with preparing the proposal, and if funded, with the conduct and publication of the study.


The SD CFAR is happy to help with identifying a mentor. Please let us know more about the proposed work:

Mentor Matching


The following investigators are also available for guidance on identifying a mentor:

- Developmental Core Director: Dr. Joshua Fierer

- CFAR Director: Dr. Douglas Richman

- One of the CFAR Core Directors, depending on the subject matter (please see San Diego CFAR Core Services)

- The Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute: Dr. Carl Ware

- The Scripps Research Institute: Dr. Richard Wyatt

- La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology: Dr. Sujan Shresta


Developmental grant recipients gain rapid financial support for their studies and discounts on many San Diego CFAR core resources. The success of the Developmental Core, and continued NIAID funding, depends on subsequent grants and publications arising from work supported by our Developmental Grants.


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 grants cannot support clinical trials or studies involving new drugs, treatments, or devices, or off-label use of a licensed drug.


Since 1994, the Core has awarded 117 grants representing $4.3 million in funding (direct costs). To date, our previous grant recipients have received more than $163 million in subsequent grant funding and produced more than 600 publications based on their San Diego CFAR-supported research.

If you are ready to apply now, please download forms to begin your application. When you are ready to submit your application, please go to our upload page.