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Penn Center for AIDS Research—Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program
January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19

The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) seeks applications to the pilot program offered through its Developmental Core. Proposals regarding any aspect of HIV/AIDS clinical care, epidemiology, virology, immunology, structural biology, vaccine development, or prevention are considered relevant to the goals of the Developmental Core.

The CFAR is especially interested in proposals that bridge programmatic areas and, in particular, those that bridge clinical investigators with basic or behavioral scientists.  Proposals that include an international component (not necessarily in Botswana); address co-infection, including: TB, HPV, and Hepatitis C; and Women’s Health, are also encouraged.

We are able to offer awards up to $45,000 for each grant. Grants are for a one-year period and are not renewable.  It is expected that funds will be available in August 2008.

Eligibility:  Faculty members (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Assistant Research Professor, Associate Research Professor, Research Professor), holding appointments at the CFAR institutions, who meet one of the following requirements, are invited to apply:

•   New investigators who never have held extramural support from the NIH

•   Investigators who have not previously worked in HIV/AIDS

•   Investigators who have worked in HIV/AIDS who wish to study an area that represents a significant departure from their currently funded work

Non-faculty trainees and instructors are eligible to be included as co-investigators. E-mail: pablo.tebas@uphs.upenn.edu. Application Deadline:  Friday, February 22, 2008. Application form and instructions are available at www.uphs.upenn.edu/aids/WordDocs/Pilotcover-instrucsFY2009.doc. “Pre-Submission Mentoring” is available to junior investigators.

For information, contact Evelyn Olivieri at oliviere@mail.med.upenn.edu or (215) 573-7354.

Internal and external reviewers will consider the scientific merit of the research project. Each application is also given a programmatic score and the final score is a combination of both.

In planning a study, potential applicants are encouraged to contact CFAR core directors early on to take advantage of the resources available through the CFAR cores. Contact info may be found at www.uphs.upenn.edu/aids/cores/admin/adminmain.htm.

Applications that include an international component should be discussed with Dr. Tebas to determine feasibility. 

—Dr. Pablo Tebas,
Director of the Developmental Core

Almanac - January 29, 2008, Volume 54, No. 19