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The Developmental Core supports the career development of young scientists through a variety of awards and nurtures the early growth of new research ideas.
To support the development of HIV/AIDS research at UW and affiliated institutions, the Core offers targeted awards/grants and an annual symposium. Both the award programs and the conference are designed to encourage junior faculty engagement in interdisciplinary work and increasing exposure to CFAR project-based collaboration, mentoring, and educational opportunities.
Awards include: New Investigator Awards (two-year grant for junior faculty and fellows with no previous HIV R01 awards); Emerging Opportunity Grants (competitive grant for new research of high urgency); and Trainee Support grants (for students, fellows, and junior faculty to assist career development). The annual STD and AIDS Research Symposium showcases local HIV/AIDS research, especially from CFAR awardees and CFAR-funded projects.
Since 2005, the Developmental Core has provided more than $2.2 million dollars and 34 awards in research and training funding to junior faculty and other HIV/AIDS researchers. Examples of recent projects funded include:
New Investigator Awards
In 2010, we awarded 6 New Investigator Awards with topics ranging from social networks in Native American women contributing to HIV risk to phosphosignalling correlates of tuberculosis latency and reactivation.
Trainee Support Grants
Over the past 3 years, we have provided over 45 trainees (eg, students, fellows, junior faculty, post-docs) financial support for a variety of activities to support their career development, including attending and presenting at scientific meetings and workshops.
Emerging Opportunity Grants
In 2011, we awarded four EOGs.
Annual STD and AIDS Research Symposium
At the November 2010 STD and AIDS Research Symposium, over 150 individuals from 14 institutions attended. It featured research presentations by pre- and postdoctoral UW STD & AIDS Research Trainees, and recipients of Developmental Awards from the UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research and STI Cooperative Research Center, along with a keynote lecture titled, "Mother never saw it coming: My career in sexually transmitted diseases" by Dr. P. Frederick Sparling, MD, and a panel discussion on the “Impact of Drug Resistance on Transmission and Control of STDs and HIV.”