Basic Science Collaborative Innovation Awards

Funding Opportunity Description

To build on the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research symposium, Breakthroughs in HIV Research, on October 22, 2021, the Developmental Core called for applications for a new funding mechanism. Basic Science Collaborative Innovation Awards support the work of teams of two or more collaborators pursuing new research questions in HIV biology or pathogenesis. View previously funded Basic Science Collaborative Innovation Awards.

The RFA from the most recent competition is provided below for reference. 

The symposium highlighted the work of investigators from multiple departments, institutions, and disciplines. In the spirit of fostering new collaborations among symposium participants, these awards must be led by two or more Co-Principal Investigators. The proposed studies responding to this RFA include teams that have not previously collaborated on a project related to HIV. Expansion of a pre-existing team by adding new co-PI collaborator(s) are considered responsive. Projects align with NIH priorities for HIV research (NOT-OD-20-018).


  • All Co-PIs must be a Third Coast CFAR faculty member (i.e. in a PI-eligible position at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, or Lurie Children’s Hospital). Trainees may play a significant role on the project, but are not eligible as a Co-PI.
  • At least one of the Co-PIs must be either: 1) a new investigator (i.e. not have led an R01 or equivalent NIH grant for HIV research); or 2) an established investigator who has not had NIH funding for HIV research.


Projects must be “shovel-ready” and able to launch by January 2022. The CFAR suggests that applicants use the award to purchase assays, core services, and supplies, rather than supporting effort. Salary support is allowable, but will delay project set up. Projects that would require a new IRB approval for work with human subjects are not eligible. The CFAR scientific cores can provide or help awardees identify sources for clinical specimens. All work must be completed by April 30, 2022.

  • Applications are due November 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CT
  • Selections will be made by December 3, 2021.
  • Anticipated funding start date is January 3, 2022
  • Work must be completed by April 30, 2022

Download the application instructions and form.

Contact Justin Schmandt with questions about this opportunity.

Developmental Core

Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD, The University of Chicago
Developmental Core Director

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD, Northwestern University
Developmental Core Co-Director

Elena Martinelli, PhD, Northwestern University
Developmental Core Co-Director

Justin Schmandt, MPH, Northwestern University
CFAR Associate Director

To request information about Developmental Core awards and services, contact Justin Schmandt.