Developmental Core News

11/7/17  Congratulations to our final 2017 (traditional) Developmental Awardees!

Dr. Lauren Brinkley-Rubenstein, Exploring the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among injection drug users in Guilford County, NC
Dr. Jennifer Deese, What’s sex got to do with it? Understanding the potential for confounding and exposure misclassification due to vaginal sex and semen exposure in studies of biological mechanisms associated with HIV acquisition
Dr. Rainier Masa, A Feasibility Study of Umwini, an Asset-Based Intervention to Improve Treatment Outcomes of Adolescents Living with HIV (ALHIV) in Eastern Province, Zambia

9/19/17  NIH has released a statement about changes to the Certificate of Confidentiality.

9/13/17  Congratulations to our 2017 (traditional) Developmental Awardees!

Dr. Nora Franceschini, Pharmacogenomics of anti-retroviral drugs: a pilot study
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Perinatal depression and engagement in HIV care among women in Malawi: Formative research to support the development of a culturally appropriate mental health treatment intervention
Dr. Kimberly Powers, Formative Research to Develop a Prospective, Population Based Cohort of Newly HIV-Diagnosed Persons in North Carolina

9/11/17 2017 Small secondary data analysis RFA is now posted!


8/15/17 Tips on choosing a mentor from NIH:

NIAID guidance for writing a grant application can also be found on-line.

+ New information from NIH about clinical research

Developmental Core Description

The Developmental Core provides mentoring support for junior investigators who are interested in pursuing an HIV research career. We work collaboratively with other CFAR Cores to identify scientific and career mentors as needed, upon request.

The Developmental Core provides funding (up to $30,000; or $40,000 for proposals from CFAR scientific working groups) for one year for HIV research. The deadline for 2017 submissions has passed. Please check back for information on 2018 funding opportunities.

Awards are made for/to one of the following:

-Junior investigators*
-Experienced investigators new to HIV

A senior mentor is required to assist junior Awardees in preparing the application, executing the project, preparing a manuscript, and writing a resulting larger grant proposal to the NIH. Research can be basic, translational, clinical, or social/behavioral, and can address treatment, transmission, or prevention. There are several opportunities during the year for Awardees to present their work.

*Junior investigators are defined as never having served as a PI on an R01 or R01 equivalent grant; holding a terminal degree (e.g. Ph.D., MD); eligible to serve as PI on NIH grant; and employed at UNC, FHI 360, RTI, or a NC HBCU.


Kate MacQueen, PhD, MPH

Core Director

HIVR4P_photo_KateDr. MacQueen is a Senior Scientist in Social & Behavioral Health Sciences at FHI 360 and Adjunct Associate Professor in in the UNC-CH School of Medicine Department of Social Medicine and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Health Behavior Program. She has conducted research on the social, behavioral and ethical aspects of biomedical HIV prevention trials globally and domestically, including vaccines, microbicides and PrEP. Most recently her work includes leading LinCS 2 Durham, a five year NIH R01 project to help build support for new HIV prevention work with Durham’s black communities; an NIH R21 project on developing a framework for evaluating Good Participatory Practices in TB Drug Trials globally; and USAID funded research on women’s adherence to emerging HIV prevention technologies including tenofovir gel and vaginal rings. She also is a standing member of the NIH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section [BSPH].


Ada Adimora, MD, MPH

Core Co-Director


Dr. Adaora Adimora is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, she is a physician epidemiologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in the treatment of patients with HIV disease.  She studies the epidemiology of HIV and STIs.  Her work has characterized the epidemiology of heterosexual HIV transmission among African Americans, highlighted the role of sexual network patterns in the spread of HIV, and underscored the importance of macroeconomic and social forces in racial disparities in the US HIV epidemic. She was selected by The Root as one 100 African American leaders “who are making extraordinary contributions.”  She serves as Chair of the HIV Medical Association, chairs the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network’s Women at Risk Committee, and is a member of the Women’s Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS, the NIAID Council, and the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.


Cathy Emrick, MPH

Program Director

Ms. Emrick serves as the Core liaison for Developmental applications and Awardees. Ms. Emrick has an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC, and works in both the UNC Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core as the Program Coordinator and the CFAR International Core as the Core Manager. She has focused on the HIV epidemic since 1990, working in community-based organizations, state government, and research at UNC.

2017 Awardees

Nora Franceschini

Nora Franceschini, UNC SPH Epidemiology

Pharmacogenomics of anti-retroviral drugs: a pilot study

Kimberly Powers

Kimberly Powers, UNC SPH Health Behavior

Formative Research to Develop a Prospective, Population Based Cohort of Newly HIV-Diagnosed Persons in North Carolina


Samantha Meltzer-Brody

Samantha Brody-Meltzer, UNC Department of Psychiatry

Perinatal depression and engagement in HIV care among women in Malawi: Formative research to support the development of a culturally appropriate mental health treatment intervention

Current Projects

Past Projects

Request for Proposals for Developmental Awards

The UNC CFAR Developmental Core provides Developmental Awards and small secondary data analysis awards to emerging HIV investigators for one year of research.

2017 Small secondary data analysis RFA is now posted!

Frequently Asked Questions
Traditional CFAR Developmental Awards
Secondary Data Analysis Awards*
*Please note: The secondary data analysis RFA has been modified.  The application now includes a separate page of Specific Aims as well as a two-page project proposal.



Required Documents from new Developmental Awardees:

2017 PI and Award information

Mentor-Mentee Contract

CFAR Clinical Research Checklist

International Studies Checklist

Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (for progress report)

Planned Inclusion Enrollment Report

SOP (see attached sample)

Final Developmental application, including budget and budget justification

Project abstract

.pdf copy of IRB approvals from any collaborating institutions as well as UNC

Photo of PI for CFAR website

Documentation of human subjects training for all study personnel

All informed consent forms