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.


  • Principal Investigator (PI) must be a Third Coast CFAR faculty member
  • PI on the application must be a new investigator (never PI on an R01-equivalent NIH grant) or new to HIV/AIDS (never PI on R01-equivalent NIH grant for HIV/AIDS)
  • 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

  • RFA and application instructions are posted here
  • Abbreviated NIH-style application is submitted online
  • Required letter of intent survey due January 10, 2018
  • Full application due February 28, 2018.