The San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR) International Core offers Pilot grants to investigators in seven countries. Preference will be given to supporting projects based in Mexico and Mozambique, and funds are also available to support meritorious projects in BrazilIndia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and Ukraine (after the current conflict resolves). Our focus countries offer the potential for long-term collaboration between investigators at UC San Diego and one or more academic or government entities. The list of eligible countries is reviewed annually by the International Core Advisory Board.

NOTE: International Pilot grant applications will be considered only for projects that are in alignment with HIV research priorities established by the Office of AIDS Research. Applications that do not concern one or more of these priorities will not be considered for SD CFAR funding.


Applications are due twice per year on April 1 and October 1. If either date falls on a weekend, applications will be due the next business day. The maximum award is US$40,000 in direct costs for one year. From 2006-2021, the Core awarded 66 Pilot grants representing more than $4 million in funding. Applications must adhere to several criteria and must undergo a rigorous, objective review process.

Pilot grant recipients gain financial support for their studies and discounts on many SD CFAR resources. In return, the International Core expects grant recipients to successfully apply for subsequent grant funding and to publish manuscripts related to their SD CFAR-supported research. Continued NIAID funding of the International Core will be primarily determined by the subsequent scientific productivity of Pilot grant recipients. As of 2022, more than $63 million have been awarded in subsequent grants.

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