Application Procedures


Applications for San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental grants are accepted twice each year and must be submitted online. The next due date is 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, June 1, 2018.

You may submit only one application per cycle. Research plans must not exceed four pages (references are not included in the page limit). If you are submitting a previously reviewed and revised application, please include a one-page summary of the changes made in addition to the four-page research plan.

Special Note to Applicants Based at The Scripps Research Institute

Applicants who are faculty at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) must obtain pre-approval from their Department Chair for coverage  of TSRI indirect costs. This must be done before applying and must be documented in the application.

Identification of a Mentor

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. For those who would like help with identifying a mentor, please contact one of the following:

International Research

Please contact us for additional instructions regarding your budget and budget justification if your proposal involves international research. We can also advise you on NIH regulations concerning participant recruitment and data or speciment collection from another country. Please email before uploading your application.

Upload Your Application

All sections of your application (see forms below) may be completed offline, then uploaded in PDF format. Please have all files prepared and ready to upload in a single session.  You may upload your application here

Download Forms

To begin working on your Developmental grant application now, please download the forms. You may upload your completed forms, starting May 1, 2018.

  • Face page
  • Demographic information
  • Abstract
  • Budget **
  • Budget justification **
    • Please explain how each item in your requested budget will further your research plan. Briefly describe the specific expertise and role of each person listed in the budget, and the reasons you are requesting specific equipment, supplies, or other expenses, such as participant reimbursement.

    • Travel is only allowed for two purposes: (1) for an unfunded junior investigator to present results of his/her Developmental grant at a scientific conference and (2) for study planning and coordination in collaboration with a foreign investigator.

    • If your Developmental grant application involves foreign research, please contact before submission as additional documents are required.

    • Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size (minimum 11 point type).

  • Core resources
    • Please list the UCSD CFAR Core services you will request for your application. You are encouraged but not required to use all of the Cores that will benefit your project. For details about each of the Cores and their services, please check our Core Facilities.

    • Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size (minimum 11 point type).

  • NIH biosketch **
    • NOTE: If you are a junior investigator (Assistant Professor or equivalent) a minimum of two biosketches are needed: one for you, and one for your mentor. Biosketches are also needed for each co-investigator.

  • NIH biosketch example  (PDF) no need to upload
  • NIH other support
    • Only needed for Developmental Grant PI.

  • NIH other support samples  (no need to upload)
  • Research plan
    • Starting with this page, describe your research plan following the outline below:
      1. Specific Aims
      2. Significance
      3. Preliminary Studies (if applicable)
      4. Experimental Design and Methods
      5. Literature Cited (not included in 4 page limit)
    • Items 1-4 must be covered in four pages. You may take as many pages as needed for item 5. Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size (minimum 11 point type).

  • PHS 398 Continuation page (blank form, please also see Research plan template)

**If your proposal involves international research, please contact us for additional budget and justification instructions.

Due Dates

Applications are accepted by 4:00 pm (Pacific Time) on June 1 and December 1. If either date falls on a weekend, applications will be due by 4 pm (Pacific Time) on the following Monday. The next application due date is Friday, June 1, 2018.

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