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 increase exposure to CFAR project-based collaboration, mentoring, and educational opportunities.
The annual STD & AIDS Research Symposium features research presentations by pre- and postdoctoral UW STD & AIDS Research Trainees, and recipients of Developmental Awards from the UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research and STI Cooperative Research Center; as well as a Keynote speaker.
The Developmental Core provides funding for awards in research and training funding to junior faculty and other HIV/AIDS researchers. The 2018-19 funding calendar is available here. Awards programs include:
New Investigator Awards
In 2018, we awarded 7 New Investigator Awards representing multiple CFAR institutions - including UW, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, and the University of Hawaii - as well as a variety of types of science: clinical and epidemiologic investigation, basic laboratory discovery, and implementation science. Information about previous awards may be found here.
Investment of Catalytic Funds to Access Resources Awards
This new funding opportunity was released in September 2018.
International Infrastructure Awards
These awards benefit several investigators at a single site and provide opportunities for new research through enhancement of clinical, laboratory, and administrative capacity. Information about previous awards may be found here.
International Pilot Awards
These are awarded for development and implementation of innovative HIV/AIDS-related research projects. Studies are prioritized by potential for obtaining pilot data for development of NIH grant proposals. Information about previous awards may be found here.
Mentored International Investigator Award
The purpose of this award program is to encourage international junior investigators (at an advanced stage of training or recently independent) to conduct independent research with close mentorship from senior faculty. This research should ultimately lead to acquiring preliminary data to obtain funding to continue their HIV/AIDS research careers.
Trainee Support Grants
For the 2018-19 fiscal year, we plan to award 8 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.
Annual STD and AIDS Research Symposium
The 2018 Annual STD and AIDS Research Symposium will take place on Tuesday, October 30. It features research presentations by pre- and post-doctoral UW STD & AIDS Research Trainees and recipients of CFAR Developmental Awards, and a debate on the "Use of Prophylactic Doxycycline as Prevention for Bacterial STDs." The keynote lecturer is Dr. Sharon Hillier, PhD, who will present "Five Lessons from a Lifetime of Studying HIV and STIs in Women."