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. Special mechanisms support collaborations with community partners and dissemination of Third Coast CFAR research.


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.


These awards support innovative, partnered HIV-related research between community not-for-profit organizations and CFAR faculty members.  The majority of funds typically support the community organization.


Third Coast CFAR affiliate members from community not-for-profit organizations can request these rapid, flexible funds to help support HIV research meetings in the community, disseminate HIV research, and engage communities in research projects at Third Coast CFAR institutions. Creative approaches for achieving these aims are invited.


This is a rapid funding mechanism available on a rolling basis in order to accelerate HIV-related research.  The goal of this award mechanism is to support time-sensitive opportunities where a small amount of funding will allow collection of innovative data to support an NIH grant application. Please contact Fern Murdoch if you are interested in applying for these funds.