International Infrastructure Awards (CFAR)

Closing Date

Infrastructure awards are designed to build capacity for UW 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. 



To be eligible, a PI must be a faculty member at a UW/FHCRC CFAR affiliated international institution (listed here).  Contact cfarintl at if you have questions about eligibility.  Non-UW faculty should partner with a UW faculty member and demonstrate how the project is linked to UW research initiatives.

All applicants are required to be UW/FHCRC CFAR Members. Information about membership can be found here or by contacting Michelle Ward (middlemj at

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. 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 now allowableFunding 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/FHCRC CFAR (investigators, former IARTP, etc.)
  5. Relevance to underserved populations
  6. Potential for new collaborations & research projects

* 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/FHCRC 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 appreciated.  All manuscripts or publications resulting from CFAR International Core support should acknowledge CFAR.  See here for suggested wording.

Application Instructions

Submit application on the International Infrastructure application form (below) by October 19, 2015 to jcdettin at  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.

Example successful application

Previous Infrastructure Awardees

Eligible Institutions