Full Applications Due September 14

Pilot awards are intended for key preliminary studies in HIV-related basic, clinical, or behavioral research that will enable new NIH grant submissions and to stimulate cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations. A proposal must be for a new project or idea that is distinct from any currently funded project. Teams that include faculty from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago, and across disciplines, are encouraged.


  • PI must be a Third Coast CFAR faculty member
  • Limited to early career researchers or established investigators new to HIV research
  • Awards can be to an individual investigator, a mentor-mentee pair, or an inter-disciplinary team


  • One-year award with possibility of renewal
  • Up to $50,000 per year
  • Bi-annual submission cycle

Application Process

  • Letters of Intent are due August 22, 2016. Full applications are due September 14, 2016
  • Abbreviated NIH-style application submitted online
  • RFA and application instructions are posted here