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.
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.

Developmental Core News

Congratulations to our 2019 CFAR Administrative Supplement PIs!

Dr. Jess Edwards, Developing novel tools to understand the HIV Epidemic in the United States using Big Data
Dr. Nicholas Brown, Structural studies of HIV-1 hijacking the cullin-RING ligaseCRL4VprBP
Dr. Gauri Rao, The Relationship between Pyrazinamide Pharmacokinetics, Tuberculosis Disease, and Host Immune Responses
Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman, An Integrated Technology-Based “Status-Neutral” Approach to Engage YMSM/YTGW in the Prevention and Care Continuum in North and South Carolina
Dr. Tonia Poteat, Transcending Barriers: Preparing to End the Epidemic for Transgender People of Color in the Carolinas

Congratulations to our 2019 CFAR Developmental Awardees!

Dr. Ross Boyce, Feasibility of point-of-care HIV-1 viral load testing in rural western Uganda
Dr. Haitao Guo, Suppress HIV Replication and Potentiate T Cell Response to HIV by Targeting Metabolic
Dr. Stephanie Martin, Engaging Fathers in the Care and Feeding of HIV-Exposed Uninfected Infants in Zambia
Dr. David Van Duin, Antibacterial resistance in people living with HIV

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


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



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

Cathy EmrickMs. 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 is the Program Coordinator For the UNC Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core. She has focused on the HIV epidemic since 1990, working in community-based organizations, state government, and research at UNC.

2019 Awardees

Ross Boyce

Dr. Ross Boyce, UNC Infectious Diseases
Traditional CFAR Developmental Awardee

More than a machine: Exploring the ancillary systems and processes required to make point-of-care HIV-1 viral load testing effective in rural western Uganda

Haitao Guo

Dr. Haitao Guo. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Traditional CFAR Developmental Awardee

Suppress HIV Replication and Potentiate T Cell Response to HIV by Targeting Metabolic Pathways

Nicholas Brown

Dr. Nicholas Brown, UNC Pharmacology
CFAR Administrative Supplement PI

Structural studies of HIV-1 hijacking the cullin-RING ligase CRL4VprBP



Current Projects

August 2016 – Present

Past Projects

August 2011 – July 2016

1999 – Spring 2011

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
2020-21 CFAR Developmental Traditional RFP


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