Developmental Core

The mission of the Developmental Core is to advance a robust HIV research agenda by investing in Third Coast CFAR members and institutions. The core provides funding and mentorship to early career investigators, established investigators new to HIV research, and community partners.

Funding Opportunities

Third Coast CFAR funding is targeted towards early career investigators, those new to HIV research, or new trans-disciplinary collaborations that may lead to NIH funding. Pilot awards support faculty who have not yet had an R01 or equivalent NIH grant for HIV research. Special mechanisms support collaborations with community partners and dissemination of HIV research.

Pilot Awards

Pilot awards are intended for key preliminary studies that will enable new NIH grant submissions. Third Coast CFAR faculty members who have not yet led an R01 or equivalent NIH grant for HIV research are eligible. View the RFA for the most recent pilot award competition.

Core Subsidy Awards

The goal of this award mechanism is to support time-sensitive opportunities where a small amount of funding will allow data collection or preliminary data to enhance or accelerate an NIH grant application. See additional information about core subsidy awards.

Community Mini-Awards

These awards support engagement between investigators and community members and dissemination of research findings. Creative approaches for achieving these aims are invited. Read how to apply for a Community Mini-Award.

Community Collaborative Awards

These funds invest in the development of new collaborations between university-based investigators and community partners. Applications are accepted annually. Learn more about developing a new partnership with support from a Community Collaborative award.

NIH Administrative Supplements

Periodically, NIH releases a limited call for small, 12-month projects that are funded via supplement to the NIH P30 center grant that supports the CFAR. Topics are chosen to address emerging issues or areas of research and are administratively reviewed at NIH. Learn more about applying for an administrative supplement.


Formal and informal mechanisms of mentorship of junior faculty are at the core of research development. Developmental Core leaders will catalyze a working group of senior Third Coast CFAR members who will individually mentor junior faculty in a number of areas, including on Developmental Core award submissions and grant “mock review.”


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.