CFAR International Infrastructure Awards

Closing Date


International Infrastructure Awards are designed to build capacity for UW/Fred Hutch CFAR international HIV research activities. The awards generally benefit multiple studies and/or investigators within a single research site. They can be used to renovate facilities and purchase supplies and equipment that contribute to the execution, efficiency and development of research projects.



Applicants must:

1) Be a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR member 

2) Have an MD or PhD or equivalent terminal degree (including an MBChB plus Master’s Degree).

3) Have an appropriate affiliation, as follows:

  • Be appointed at, or being recruited to, a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate institution (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa), OR
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an Eligible Low or Middle Income Country, and have a primary mentor appointed at a US-based UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa).


CFAR values diversity and encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Types of Projects

We encourage applications for items that are not readily purchased on a typical research grant and that promote collaborative and innovative HIV research. Past awards have included a back-up generator at a research clinic, classroom renovations and security improvements, statistical software, IT equipment for distance learning, laboratory equipment and data management supplies. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate local institutional support, either through matching funds or in-kind support. All projects must be completed within one year of approval.


Examples of past awards can be found here.


Funding Available

Direct costs: Up to $10,000 per project. Per revised NIH guidelines, funding for minor alterations and renovations at international sites is allowable. Funding cannot be applied to new construction or activities that would change the "footprint" of an existing facility (e.g., relocation of existing exterior walls, roofs, or floors, attachment of fire escapes), indirect costs/F&A, salary support or computers.


Review Criteria

  1. Value added to existing research projects
  2. Need (and lack of other sources to fund the request)
  3. Collaborative benefit for multiple projects
  4. Relationship to UW/Fred Hutch CFAR
  5. Relevance to underserved populations
  6. Potential for new collaborations & research projects
  7. Local institutional support


Improvements that would support multidisciplinary projects are encouraged and are defined as improving infrastructure for 2 or more investigators that have differing areas of expertise or different research focuses.

Pre-Award Requirements


Per NIH policy, UW/Fred Hutch CFAR may not release funds for international awards until awardees complete the NIH administrative clearance process. This process often takes more than one month, so please consider it in your timeline. More information on NIH requirements for international studies can be found at:


**Projects that are unable to complete the NIH clearance process within one year of award date are at risk of losing funding**


Post-Award Requirements

All recipients must provide a one-page report detailing how their grant was applied. Photographs of the item in use are required. All manuscripts or publications resulting from CFAR support should acknowledge CFAR. See here for suggested wording.


Application Instructions

Submit application on the International Infrastructure application form (below) by August 21, 2020 to Individual application sections may be expanded, but the overall proposal should not be more than 3 pages in length. Applicants are required to also submit their biosketch and quotes from vendors to support the requested amounts in the budget.



2020 International Infrastructure Award RFA