Third Coast CFAR funding is targeted towards young investigators, those new to HIV research, or new trans-disciplinary collaborations, as well as community organizations, and is managed through the Developmental Core. Third Coast CFAR faculty members are eligible to serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) on these grants.  Affiliate members are eligible to serve as co-PIs and collaborators.  Third Coast CFAR membership is free and it is easy to sign-up.  Please go to our Membership page to join.


Pilot awards are intended for key preliminary studies in HIV-related basic, clinical, or behavioral research that will enable new NIH grant submissions and to stimulate cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations. A proposal must be for a new project or idea that is distinct from any currently funded project. Teams that include faculty from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago, and across disciplines, are encouraged.


These awards support innovative, partnered HIV-related research between community not-for-profit organizations and CFAR faculty members.  The majority of funds typically support the community unit to underwrite cost of the research and development of an NIH application.


This is a rapid funding mechanism available on a rolling basis in order to accelerate HIV-related research.  The goal of this award mechanism is to support time-sensitive opportunities where a small amount of funding will allow collection of innovative data using NU/UC Core facilities.  Requests for support for specific services provided outside Core facilities can be considered.  The proposed work should add value to an upcoming competitive renewal of an existing NIH-funded project or provide preliminary data for a planned new NIH grant submission.


Third Coast affiliate members from community not-for-profit organizations can request these rapid, flexible funds for three purposes: (1) planning a partnership with a Third Coast faculty member for the development of a HIV-related, community collaborative research project that will seek NIH funding, (2) support for workshops, seminars, or small conferences where Third Coast CFAR (or other HIV-related) research can be disseminated to and with the community, (3) small community-based research projects related to HIV.  We encourage community health practitioners to apply for support for conducting small research projects or dissemination of research findings.  In addition, creative mechanisms for disseminating research are invited.