Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research

Closing Date

October 16, 2013 (All day)



The purpose of the current round of the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Awards program (CNIHR) is to create a mechanism via the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) to fund developmental projects to bring insight and new ideas from early stage investigators with expertise in other disciplines to HIV research.  The intent of this program is to attract both international and U.S.-based early stage investigators from outside the field of HIV research to help address key scientific questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long-term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission and research toward a cure.  


Eligible applicants include junior investigators who have either completed their first terminal research degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DVM, MMed + postdoctoral fellowship or formal research training and experience) or medical residency within the last ten years from the concept proposal deadline (i.e. 16 October 2003), and who have a faculty or equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor, senior lecturer, etc.) in good standing at an academic institution or have a comparable position in a not for profit organization or institution with a primary mission of research. U.S. Federal Government employees are ineligible to apply. Some U.S. Government contractors may also be ineligible therefore potential applicants should check with their organization to determine whether external funding is allowed. (See Section VI.1 in the attached RFP for more information about eligible organizations and institutions.)

Post-doctoral trainees are eligible to apply IF they have completed their training and will have a faculty or comparable position prior to the full proposal submission deadline of Monday, February 10, 2014; a letter of intent from the investigator’s institution indicating the commitment to a faculty or comparable position by the deadline must be included in the concept proposal submission. If the applicant does not have the faculty or comparable position at the time of full proposal submission, their application will be removed from the pool as ineligible.

Applicants must have not yet been engaged in HIV research (as defined by any previous grant, contract, sub-award or publication in HIV or SIV research). 

Eligible Principal Investigators (PIs) include: Investigators with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research. They can be from any relevant discipline. Eligible PIs are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop their application. Applicants from all countries (unless excluded because of regulations applicable to embargoed countries – see link: are encouraged to apply. 

If unsure about your eligibility, first read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the CNIHR website. If you still have questions, please contact us at

Types of Projects 

Research topics could include any aspect of HIV and HIV-related research, but may not include prospective human interventional trials (e.g. clinical trials of new drugs, treatments, or devices; or off-label use of a licensed drug). Studies of animal models, stored samples from existing cohorts, small pathogenesis studies or in vitrotrials are acceptable. If an applicant is considering a study involving approved drugs and/or standard-of-care, the applicant is encouraged to contact the review administrator to determine whether the proposed project would be eligible for funding at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to integrate sex and gender considerations into their research design when appropriate. For more information about the inclusion of the role of sex and gender into your CNIHR project, please see the CNIHR website (

Funding Available

Awards will be funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000 (direct costs) per year plus applicable indirect costs.  Second year funding is contingent upon demonstration of satisfactory progress during year one. International awardee institution’s indirect cost rate is limited to 8%. Awarded funds may be used for salary, technical support, laboratory supplies, equipment, and travel to a scientific conference or other training activities directly related to the proposed research project. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute at least 25% of their time to the CNIHR project. Salary support for the CNIHR effort can be budgeted in the CNIHR project or can come from another source, e.g., an institutional start-up package. Generally, funds may not be used to purchase computers unless they can be justified as key to the conduct of the study (data collection, tied to equipment, etc). Additionally, funds may not be used to offset losses of funding incurred through non-renewal of grant funds or through decreases in grant funds due to across-the-board cuts. 

Ten to twelve grants are anticipated to be awarded in conjunction with the XX International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 20-25 July 2014.