Community Mini-Awards

Third Coast CFAR goals are to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS research and support the work of our community partners to end the HIV epidemic in Chicago. View previously funded Community Mini Awards.

Third Coast affiliate members from community not-for-profit organizations can request funds to support workshops, seminars, or small conferences where Third Coast CFAR (or other HIV-related) research can be disseminated to the community. Applicants must contact CFAR one month in advance of the application to coordinate CFAR attendance for the event.

Creative mechanisms for disseminating research are invited. Applications should describe the contributions of key persons and the planned venue/format (physical or virtual) of the activity. Creative mechanisms for disseminating research and engaging the community in research are welcome. Given the possibility that large gatherings might not be allowed or might be canceled with little notice due to COVID-19, a statement on contingency plans is required.


A Third Coast affiliate member from a not-for-profit community organization will serve as the principal investigator, and collaborations are supported. All key personnel on the proposal should register for membership. Registration online is easy and membership is free.


All community-mini Awards are funded for one year, up to $2,000.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to contact Justin Schmandt prior to submission of a proposal. He will advise on project and budget development, university and CFAR goals and policies that may apply, and can suggest CFAR faculty members who can provide collaboration, advice, or sponsorship for the proposal if needed.

  • Short, one-page application completed online
  • Click here to access the one-page application

Developmental Core

Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD The University of Chicago
Developmental Core Director

Richard D’Aquila, MD, Northwestern University
CFAR Director

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