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Sexually Transmitted Infections and Topical Microbicides Cooperative Research Center

Core Facilities

STI TM CRC Core Facilities provide biostatistical, laboratory, study design, and other services that are quality-controlled, cost-effective and convenient. These services are supported by the STITMCRC, freeing investigators of the need to set up these assays and equipment in their own labs.

Developmental Awards Program (DAP) Core


Sheila Lukehart, Ph.D. Director

Tammy Wilson Program Manager


One of the major goals of the Sexually Transmitted Infections and Topical Microbicides Cooperative Research Centers (STI-TM CRC) is to recruit and retain talented new investigators from a variety of disciplines into the field of STD research. To achieve this goal, NIH has funded a national STI-TM CRC Developmental Awards Program (PDF) to provide funds to new investigators in the field of STD research.

The Developmental Awards are intended to provide seed money for research projects to generate hypotheses and preliminary data necessary for preparation of a competitive NIH K-Award , R03, R-21, or R01 application.


Applicants must have faculty positions (acting positions are eligible) and have finished their fellowships by the time of the award. Applicants must be located at one of the STI-TM CRC sites.

Research Topics

Research must be focused on any aspect of sexually transmitted disease (e.g. basic science, clinical, behavioral, epidemiological). Projects solely on HIV will not be eligible for this program. Research projects concerning the interactions of HIV with other STIs will be eligible.

Format of Application

The K award format will be used for these applications, including career development plan, mentor statement, letters of reference, and need for training in responsible conduct of research. Click here for specific application instructions (PDF).

Funding of Awards

Applications will be reviewed by the STI-TM CRC and the DAP Program Directors; outside reviewers may be consulted for their specific expertise. Funding decisions will be based upon merit of the application (score).

Size and Schedule of Awards

Awards (up to a maximum of $95,600) will be made for 18 month projects beginning approximately March 1, 2008.

Deadline for applications: January 7, 2008
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2008


Sheila Lukehart, PhD
E-mail: lukehart@u.washington.edu
Phone: 206 341-5362


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