Requirements and Restrictions

  • If you are a junior-level investigator who has not yet received R01-level NIH funding and meets other eligibility criteria, you may apply for a maximum of $50,000 for these one-year awards. If you are an established investigator who has received R01-level NIH funding, you may apply for a maximum of $30,000.
  • Developmental grants cannot fund travel to scientific meetings. The only exception is that unfunded junior investigators may include travel to a scientific meeting to present the results of the San Diego CFAR Developmental grant.
  • Post-doctoral fellow are not eligible to apply, nor may these grants be used to support post-doctoral fellows.
  • If an awarded grant includes work with humans or animals, Institutional Animal Care Use Committee or Institutional Review Board approval must be submitted to the San Diego CFAR Developmental Core before awarded funds may be spent. Requlatory approvals should be emailed to the Developmental Core.
  • Overspending on the award is not allowed and must be repaid.
  • Any monies remaining after the funding period will be returned to the San Diego CFAR Developmental Core.
  • The San Diego CFAR Administrative Core will establish an index number or subcontract for each grant awarded.  However, awardees are responsible for working with their departmental fund manager to monitor and manage their funds and ensure that monies are not overspent. Any adjustments needed to balance the funds are the responsibility of the awardees.
  • Successful awardees must generate written progress reports for the San Diego CFAR annual report to NIH.
  • As part of their grants, awardees must provide documentation of publications and peer-reviewed funding that result from their Developmental grant.  They are also required to cite San Diego CFAR support in publications and presentations that are generated by or related to research performed using San Diego CFAR Developmental funds.

Direct and Indirect Costs

Your budget should list direct costs only. If your Developmental grant application includes an international component, please note that the NIH restricts international indirect costs to no more than 8% of direct costs.

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.

Applicants who are faculty at UC San Diego, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, or the Sanford Burhnam Prebys Medical Discover Institute do not need to address indirect costs. 


Developmental grants awarded by the San Diego CFAR are funded for up to one calendar year from the award date. If you have questions, please contact us.

Supplemental Awards

If your Developmental grant has been approved and if you are currently within your award period, you may apply for a one-year supplement up to the maximum amounts listed above. Supplemental applications will be evaluated on the basis of scientific progress to date and the potential for publications and independent grant funding beyond those of the originally funded project. Supplemental applications will be competitively reviewed along with new applications received for the same funding cycle. The same procedures, award amounts and due dates apply for both new and supplemental applications.

Fund Management and Other Responsibilities of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants have several responsibilities, including fund management. Please see our responsibilities page and contact us if you have any questions.

At a Glance