Application Procedures


Applications for San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) traditional Developmental grants are accepted twice each year and must be submitted via InfoReady Review. Traditional Developmental grants are typically due on or near February 1 and August 1 of each year. We are now offering an additional funding opportunity in HIV and MPX; these applications are due at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 7, 2022. See details for this new opportunity. We are delighted to partner with the UC San Diego PREPARE Institute on this new opportunity for early stage (pre-R01) investigators.

Early stage investigators must work with a mentor and certify that their mentors (see below) have had an opportunity to read and provide input on Developmental grant applications before submission. Applications will be accepted only after mentors confirm this pre-submission review. Allow time to work with your mentor as you prepare your application.

All investigators are encouraged to submit their applications up to a week in advance so that errors or technical difficulties can be addressed before the submission deadline. SD CFAR staff will let you know if your application needs corrections or is ready to be reviewed. Applications that do not conform to the posted guidelines will be returned without further review.


The SD CFAR Administrative Core hosts virtual office hours before Developmental grants are due. You are always welcome to email if you have any questions. Please see below for the office hour scheduled for Developmental grants in HIV and monkeypox.

Monday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. Pacific
Monday, September 26, 3:00 p.m. Pacific

Zoom link

Early stage investigators need a mentor

Early stage 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, you may use our Mentor Match program or contact one of the following:

Developmental Core Director: Dr. Mary Lewinski

Developmental Core Leadership Trainee: Dr. Laramie Smith

SD CFAR Co-Directors: Dr. Davey Smith and Dr. Douglas Richman

PREPARE Institute: Dr. Davey Smith

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

San Diego State University: Dr. Eileen Pitpitan

Scripps Research: Dr. Richard Wyatt

La Jolla Institute for Immunology: Dr. Alessandro Sette

Senior investigators need pre-review and approval

Senior investigators are ineligible for Developmental grants in HIV and MPX and generally ineligible for traditional Developmental grants. The national CFAR Program Office defines senior investigators as those who have received NIH funding at or above the R01 level. We also typically exclude investigators who have published extensively in HIV research, regardless of their funding sources. We further exclude, in most cases, senior investigators who previously received one of our Developmental grants.

If you meet the criteria above and would still like to apply for a traditional Developmental grant, for example, as a new recruit to an SD CFAR institution or to propose a novel approach or feasibility study, please email your current NIH-formatted biosketch and your Developmental grant  abstract  to at least one month before applications are due: early January for the February due date, and early July for the August due date. SD CFAR and Developmental Core leadership will review your biosketch and abstract and inform you within five business days whether or not your full application can be considered. Remember: senior investigators may not serve as PIs on HIV and MPX Developmental grants.

Traditional Developmental grants are limited to $30,000 for senior investigators upon Developmental Core approval.

International research has additional requirements

International research has additional budgetary requirements. Please contact us for 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.

Download Forms

To begin working on your Developmental grant application in HIV and MPX, please download the following forms. Except for the face page, the same forms are available in InfoReady Review.


  • 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)
  • Sections 1-4 must be covered in four pages. You may take as many pages as needed for section 5. Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size (minimum 11 point type).

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

Upload Your Application

All sections of your application (see forms above) may be completed offline, then uploaded as PDF files via InfoReady Review . Remember the Face Page and Demographic information are for your reference and need not be uploaded. Please review the InfoReady Review Applicant Guide . Login instructions follow.

  • Click Log In at the top right of the InfoReady Review home page.
  • If you have a email address, log in using your Active Directory credentials.
  • If you have an address at one of our member institutions (,,,, click the Register button. The registration process is quick and easy. You'll receive a confirmation email. Respond as instructed.

Note: You must use an institutional email address for logging in. A Gmail account, for example, will not be accepted for grant submissions.

  • If an administrator will be submitting your application on your behalf, please establish your own InfoReady Review account first, then designate a proxy. Search "proxy" in the InfoReady Review Applicant Guide for full instructions.
  • After you have logged in to InfoReady Review, you can scroll through the list of opportunities or select the Seed Funding category to find the San Diego Center for AIDS Research Developmental Grant in HIV/MPX.
  • Click the link, and follow the online instructions to upload your application.

If you have questions, please email Don't be shy! We're ready to help!

Due Dates

Applications are generally accepted by 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) on February 1 and August 1. If either date falls on a weekend, applications will be due by 5 pm (Pacific Time) on the following business day. New HIV and MPX applications are due on Friday, October 7. Traditional Developmental grants will next be accepted on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  We strongly recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the due date to allow for administrative preview and corrections, if needed.

Junior investigators: remember to allow time to work on your application with your mentor before submission.

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