Beginning for May 2022 grant submissions, the CFAR will offer a new set of services to support investigators applying for their first HIV R01. The Developmental Core will organize rapid critiques of draft grant applications, mock reviews, and other pre-submission feedback. Both early stage investigators and established investigators new to HIV research are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to request First R01 services at least 1-2 months in advance of grant submission to allow adequate time for rapid and substantive feedback through the following process:

  • The applicant completes a request form summarizing the initial plans for the NIH submission.
  • The Developmental Core communicates with the applicant and their mentor (if applicable) to identify 2-3 reviewers and to share examples of recent R01 applications if appropriate.
  • On the applicant’s behalf, the Developmental Core organizes discussion of aims in development, written comments and/or a mock review; this includes inviting and compensating faculty reviewers for their efforts.
  • The applicant receives written feedback, participation in the review as needed and a recording of the mock review.

The Developmental Core is aware of the tight timelines and has made special considerations to ensure that the review can happen as close to the grant submission as directed by the applicant. The faculty mentor may be able to participate in the mock review or simply help the Developmental Core identify appropriate reviewers. The arrangement could allow them to be compensated for work they are already doing and to invest even more in the success of the project.