Pilot awards

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. View previously funded Third Coast CFAR Awards


  • 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 September 4, 2018
  • Full application due October 1, 2018.