Eligibility and Restrictions


The San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) offers Developmental grants to investigators who meet the criteria below. If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact us.


To be eligible for our Developmental grants, you must possess a doctoral-level degree and have an academic appointment at or above the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at one of our member institutions.

Applicant priorities

The NIH, which funds the SD CFAR, intends Developmental grants to be awarded to junior investigators who are committed to a career in HIV research. Accordingly, our grants are awarded primarily on merit to all eligible applicants (see below), with priority given to applicants in the first category:

  1. Junior-level investigators who have not yet received R01-level NIH funding. If you are not familiar with the NIH funding process, please view  a quick guide to NIH grants  (Powerpoint 2007).
  2. Investigators who propose feasibility studies or pilot studies in response to new NIH initiatives, such as RFP or RFA announcements.  Our Developmental grants' rapid funding process helps you test new ideas and concepts relatively quickly and use the results to apply for larger, more competitive peer-reviewed grants.
  3. Senior investigators who are new to HIV research and/or new to the SD CFAR. We welcome the infusion of new ideas from investigators in all fields who want to apply their expertise to HIV.
  4. Investigators of all levels who are being recruited to one of the SD CFAR member institutions.


  1. Developmental grant applications must meet criteria for either High or Medium Priority topics, as established by NIH in NOT-OD-15-137. Applications in Low Priority topics will not be considered. NOTE: Additional weight will be given to applications that focus on key strategies that contribute to Ending the HIV Epidemic (EtHE) in the U.S.
  2. Developmental grants cannot support clinical trials, nor can they support studies involving new drugs, new treatments, new devices, or off-label use of a licensed drug.
  3. Postdoctoral fellows may not apply for Developmental grants, and these grants may not be used to provide salaries for postdoctoral fellows.
  4. Senior investigators at SD CFAR member institutions are ineligible if they have previously received our Developmental grant funding or NIH R01-equivalent funding in HIV research.
  5. Senior investigators at SD CFAR member institutions are ineligible if they have extensive publication records in HIV research.
  6. Applicants may submit only one Developmental grant application per cycle.

At a Glance