CFAR Administrative Supplements

Funding Opportunity Description

Periodically, NIH releases a limited call for short-term 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. View previously funded CFAR Administrative Supplements.

NIH will likely issue the next CFAR supplement RFA in early 2024. The RFA from the most recent competition is provided below for reference.

The NIH has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for administrative supplements to Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) P30 grants, including the Third Coast CFAR. Supplements will be competitively funded to support innovative, one-year research projects that will generate pilot data for a subsequent NIH grant application. Applications are due at NIH on April 17, with internal budget and subcontract deadlines as early as late March.

The Third Coast CFAR will have an internal competition to choose the supplement applications that can be submitted to NIH in April. Internal proposals are due to the Third Coast CFAR on Monday, March 13 by 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Developmental Core as soon as possible to discuss their project idea and team.

Areas of Interest

  1. Formative, intervention, and implementation research to explore delivery of long-acting PrEP in populations who may benefit
  2. HIV and co-morbidities: Identification of mechanisms and strategies for optimal care that also reduce disparities
  3. Community-led research topic


Applicants must hold a PI-eligible appointment at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, or Howard Brown Health and cannot have received an R01 or equivalent award (i.e. P-series or U-series grant) for HIV research. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as individuals with disabilities, are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Studies that are a continuation of previously funded CFAR supplements or funded NIH applications, and do not address new specific aims, are not eligible for funding under this announcement. Additionally, a proposal for a CFAR supplement that is linked to a submitted or pending NIH proposal is not eligible. Projects that include research with human subjects must provide an IRB approval notice or exemption determination to the Third Coast CFAR by May 31, 2023.

Funds Available

Supplement awards are up to $150,000 in direct costs, not including third party indirect costs.

Internal Proposals

If you are interested in applying for an administrative supplement, please email a one-page proposal to Justin Schmandt by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, March 13. References do not count toward the page limit. More than one internal proposal may be submitted to the Third Coast CFAR, although faculty will not be allowed to serve as PI or Co-PI on more than one final application to the NIH.

Plans are not binding, but the one-page proposal must address and be organized by the points below. PLEASE NOTE: Faculty submitting a full application to the NIH must have IRB approval for their project by May 31, 2023. Not having IRB approval by May could jeopardize funding for all supplement projects because they are awarded in a single notice.

  • Research area from RFA
  • Project leaders (names, titles, and institutions)
  • Team members (names, titles, and institutions). Team members do not have to be exclusive to one proposal and can be named on more than one proposal.
  • Mentor name (if applicant has not yet had an R01-equivalent award)
  • Working project title
  • Brief synopsis of the project
  • Preliminary plan for subsequent NIH grant application that this proposed supplement will enable
  • Plans, if any, to utilize CFAR core services
  • Plans for IRB oversight, if applicable


One-page proposals will be competitively reviewed by the Third Coast CFAR Developmental Core and Steering Committee. Selections will be shared as quickly as possible.

Download the full RFA

Developmental Core

Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD The University of Chicago
Developmental Core Director

Kathryn Macapagal, PhD, Northwestern University
Developmental Core Co-Director

Elena Martinelli, PhD, Northwestern University
Developmental Core Co-Director

Justin Schmandt, MPH, Northwestern University
CFAR Associate Director

To request information about Developmental Core awards and services, contact a research navigator.