The University of North Carolina Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) is soliciting proposals for small one-year grants to support junior investigators or experienced investigators new to HIV research interested in evaluating innovative social and behavioral questions in HIV infection using existing data from specific large UNC CFAR-supported cohort studies (WIHS, UCHCC, CNICS).


  • These awards are limited to persons affiliated with UNC Chapel Hill, FHI 360, RTI International, and North Carolina-based historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
  • Applicants must have a terminal degree.
  • Applicants must be eligible to serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grants. Accordingly, university-based applicants must be either a faculty member or a postdoc who has received departmental approval to serve as an NIH PI; postdocs applying for this award must also partner with a faculty “co-PI;” postdocs must be on path to becoming UNC faculty.

Experienced researchers will only be considered if they are new to HIV research.The awardee will work with a graduate student research assistant (GRA), who will be hired and paid for by the UNC CFAR and will work directly with the grantee and with the databases available for analysis. Investigators will be expected to develop the research question of interest and an analytic plan that specifies variables from the dataset to be used, to write the manuscript, and pursue larger NIH funding based on project results.  The purpose of these awards is to provide seed money for new ideas in HIV research that will lead to applications for outside independent NIH funding. The success of the UNC CFAR is measured by the number of subsequent NIH grants that our Developmental Awardees receive.

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DEADLINE: The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 16, 2017.