Review Process


Traditional Developmental grant applications are received and evaluated in February and August of each year. Each application receives a minimum of two reviews from experts selected for their knowledge of the subject matter and lack of conflict of interest. Reviewers assign scores to each application based on our evaluation criteria and write constructive critiques. The applications and their evaluations are then forwarded to our Developmental Grant Review Committee, which considers the pool of applications and recommends those most worthy of funding. Final decisions are based on availability of funds and the merit of applications.

Developmental grants on HIV and monkeypox, announced in August 2022, will also be reviewed by at least two subject matter experts. Final decisions will be made by Developmental Core and SD CFAR leadership. 


Applicants are typically notified of the Core's decision within four to six weeks of the submission deadline. Along with the decision notice, applicants receive copies of the reviewers' critiques without the reviewers' names. The critiques are intended to help applicants improve their studies regardless of the funding decision.

Junior investigators whose studies are not funded are strongly encouraged to work with their SD CFAR mentors and submit a revised application in a future funding cycle. Mentors are available to senior investigators upon request.

At a Glance