The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has a grand vision to catalyze cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaborations with broad scope and major impact on the HIV epidemic in Chicago. We seek to realize this vision by serving as a national model for research to slow and stop the spread of HIV among young men who have sex with men. The Third Coast CFAR is funded by multiple institutes of the National Institutes of Health and administer by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

The Third Coast CFAR is funded by an NIH grant (P30AI117943), which is supported by the following NIH Co-Funding and Participating Institutes and Centers:

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Institute On Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute Of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • Office of AIDS Research (OAR)

We also are grateful for strong support from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as well as additional support from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research. In addition, the University of Chicago Medicine, Division of Biological Sciences, and School of Social Service Administration support the Third Coast CFAR. The Third Coast CFAR also partners with the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) and the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM).


The mission of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research is to catalyze cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary HIV research collaborations with broad scope and major impact on the HIV epidemic.


Directed by Richard D’Aquila, MD, and co-directed by Brian Mustanski, PhD, TC CFAR consists of a steering committee, five cores, and several work groups, who together provide skillful leadership, scientific acumen, and resource stewardship to advance the center’s mission.


Third Coast CFAR partners encompass an extensive geographic area of Chicago and serve a model of trans-institutional and trans-disciplinary collaboration. The partnership consists of Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Chicago Department of Public Health, Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and Center on Halsted.