Center for AIDS Research seeks Pilot Project grant applications


By Texas D-CFAR

HIV Research

HIV, the AIDS virus (yellow), infecting a human cell (Photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine)

The Texas Developmental Center for AIDS Research (Texas D-CFAR) is seeking applications for its new Pilot Project grant.

Proposals in all areas of HIV/AIDS basic, clinical, behavioral, substance use, and implementation science research are welcome. The Texas D-CFAR is especially interested in proposals aligned with its theme –“Ending HIV and Optimizing Health in Texas,” including research on Ending the HIV Epidemic, reducing health disparities and research that focuses on or includes community engagement components. Proposals for feasibility studies in non-human primates at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute are encouraged

Early-stage investigators and established investigators new to HIV/AIDS research at participating Texas D-CFAR institutes are eligible to apply. Applications from eligible investigators who are members of racial or ethnic groups historically under-represented in research (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) or who are members of sexual and gender minority groups are particularly encouraged.

Although proposals from individual investigators are welcome, collaborations between investigators at two or more D-CFAR institutes are encouraged. Co-investigators may be from institutes that are not D-CFAR institutes. Pilot Project grants will be awarded for one year; budgets vary depending upon the home D-CFAR institution(s) of the investigator(s) and scope of the project. Budgets range from $50,000 to $100,000 in direct costs only. Contact the D-CFAR Developmental Core for specific budget information.

Applications are due July 6, 2021. The Texas D-CFAR Developmental Core can also identify a mentor for early-stage investigators to assist in Pilot Project applications and career development. Submit LOI and applications to: mailto:Tx-D-CFAR-Dev-Core@bcm.edu.

Applications must include:

  1. Cover letter that states principal investigator (s), institutes of investigators, project title, requested budget
  2. Project summary/abstract (30 lines of text limit)
  3. Lay language summary (30 lines of text limit)
  4. NIH Biosketch for all key personnel
  5. Facilities & other resources; equipment
  6. Budget (direct costs only) and budget justification: Indirect costs are not allowed
  7. Research plan
    1. Specific aims (1 page limit)
    2. Research strategy (3 page limit: include significance, innovation, and approach sections
    3. Brief statement of plans to transition pilot project to NIH-funded project (30 lines of text limit)
  8. References cited
  9. Human subjects if applicable. IRB approval can be pending. Include:
    1. Description of human subjects’ involvement
    2. Risks to human subjects
    3. Adequacy of protection against risks
    4. Potential benefits
    5. Importance of knowledge to be gained
  10. Vertebrate animals if applicable. Include:
    1. Description of animals
    2. Justification for the use of animals
    3. Interventions to minimize discomfort, distress, pain and injury
    4. Euthanasia method
  11. Letters of support if applicable