HIV/Aging Pilot Program

Closing Date

Sponsored by the  Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)
and the Centers for AIDS Research (

The purpose of this funding mechanism is to promote aging research among the CFAR investigators and engage OAIC researchers in the field of HIV. Four one-year pilot awards will be made of up to $30,000 each. Download the full RFA for instructions and forms. 

Applications accepted from any faculty; preference for early stage PIs

Email Mary Smilie, UAB CFAR, for More Information


February 5th 2014 (Deadline extended from Feb 3)
Concept Proposals Due

March 17th, 2014
*Full Proposals Due

May 1st, 2014
Award Date

*by invitation only


 Pilot applications are welcome from any CFAR or OAIC investigator at any rank. Strong preference will be given to early stage investigators (ESI; per the NIH definition), applications which include both OAIC and CFAR investigators and studies that utilize OAIC- or CFAR-supported specimen repositories and databases (i.e., Pepper Center bio-repositories, repositories at CFAR sites or CNICS). If applicants are not able to identify Co-Investigators with HIV or aging/geriatrics expertise at their own institution, this should be noted in the cover letter submitted with the Concept Proposal and the funding program will help identify an individual from the OAIC/CFAR network to act as a co-Investigator and develop the full proposal. 


Applications submitted for consideration by this RFA should be focused on areas of priority from the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) Working Group report on HIV and Aging (High, et al. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Jul 1;60 Suppl 1:S1-18). The intent is that pilot data resulting from studies funded through this RFA will provide “feeder” data for more extensive investigation in high-priority areas via the NIA/multi-institute sponsored FOAs (PA-12-174, -175, -176). Major areas of focus include: 

• Mechanisms and risk factors for accelerated organ system aging and functional decline 

• Biomarkers and clinical indices as predictors and surrogate outcome markers 

• Multi-morbidity and clinical interventions to preserve or recover function 

• Societal infrastructure/support and caregiver issues 


Four pilot grants will be awarded through this RFA with funding up to $30,000. Each full application must be accompanied by a letter of support by the CFAR or OAIC Director at the “home” institution.