The San Diego Center for AIDS Research (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 BrazilIndiaKenyaSouth Africa, and Zimbabwe. 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 meet criteria for either High or Medium Priority topics, as established by NIH in NOT-OD-15-137. Applications that are in Low Priority topics of interest will not be considered for CFAR funding.


The maximum award is US$40,000 in direct costs for one year. From 2006-2016, the Core awarded 43 Pilot grants representing more than $1.5 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 San Diego CFAR resources. In return, the International Core expects grant recipients to successfully apply for subsequent grant funding and to publish manuscripts related to their San Diego 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 2016, a total of 86 manuscripts have been published related to Pilot grants, and more than $39 million awarded in subsequent grants.

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