CFAR Investment of Catalytic Funds to Access Resources Awards (iCFAR)

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To provide enhanced support for short-term innovative HIV-related pilot projects that leverage existing CFAR services, data, and/or specimens in excess of what can be offered to a single investigator, and will likely generate sufficient data for subsequent applications for future research funding.

These grants are not intended to fund services that are provided routinely by Cores.


To be eligible, a PI must be a faculty member, senior post-doctoral fellow, or scientist at a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliated institution, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR), Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i, and affiliated international institutions. Contact if you have questions about eligibility.

Applicants are required to have an MD or PhD or equivalent terminal degree in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants are only allowed to submit one application to this program per cycle. CFAR values diversity among its awardees and encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

All applicants are required to be UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Members. Information about membership can be found at here or by contacting

Types of Projects

We can only accept applications in the NIH’s HIV/AIDS research high or medium priority areas.  

We cannot fund research with investigational drugs or clinical trials (see NIH’s definition of a clinical trial). If you are unsure as to whether your proposed study would be a clinical trial, please contact Ann Collier (, cc: to determine whether your proposed project would be eligible for funding through CFAR.

Funding Available

Up to $15,000 direct costs per project, and projects must be completed within one year.

All costs must conform to the NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS) and applicable U.S. Office of Management and Budget OMB circulars for necessity and reasonability, allocability, conformance and consistency, as well as allowability. Please follow the link below to section 7.2 cost principles section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Pre-Award Requirements

Per NIH policy, CFAR may not release funds for international projects until awardees complete the NIH administrative clearance process. This process often takes more than one month, so please consider it in your timeline.

Animal Care and Institutional Review Board approvals, if applicable, must be obtained prior to receipt of award funding, but are not required to submit an application.

Required Core Consultations

We require all applicants to utilize one or more CFAR Cores for this funding opportunity. This consultation is best done early in the preparation process but must occur before October 8, 2018. The CFAR Cores and contact information is listed below:

  • Behavioral Science Core ( Provides resources to catalyze new behavioral science research that will contribute to curbing the global HIV epidemic and improve outcomes along the continuum of HIV prevention and care.
  • Biometrics Core ( Provides a central resource of biostatistical/ mathematical expertise to improve the conception, design (e.g. analysis plans and power/sample size calculations), implementation (e.g. data management), and analysis of HIV/AIDS studies.
  • Clinical Cohort and Comorbidity Research Core (  Helps researchers access and interpret the comprehensive database of the UW HIV Cohort Study, and helps investigators perform clinical studies by supporting enrollment of HIV-infected patients, facilitating use of frozen specimens, and assisting with overall study logistics and training.  Provides laboratory testing for HIV markers.
  • Translational Research Science Sub-Core ( Applicants proposing clinical, translational or basic research projects that require access to local research subjects, clinical specimens/procedures or viral assays such as droplet PCR, 2LTR, single copy RNA tests and proviral DNA measurements.
  • HIV-Associated Malignancies Core ( Provides assays and data instruments to enable studies of HIV-associated malignancies.
  • Immunology Core ( and Provides advanced tools and training for evaluating humoral and cellular responses to HIV infection.
  • Implementation Science Core ( Provides resources to help CFAR investigators form interdisciplinary teams; translate their research into public health or clinical practice; and provide technical support in implementation science measures, research design, economic modeling, and disease transmission modeling.
  • Retrovirology and Molecular Data Science Core ( Assists researchers perform optimized viral analysis experiments and analyze data from state-of-the-art genomics and database technologies, in support of HIV and related research.

Post-Award Requirements

All recipients must provide a final report for their project, which will include a brief summary of results and future plans. All manuscripts, publications and presentations resulting from CFAR support should acknowledge the CFAR grant. See here for suggested wording.

Review Criteria

Reviewers will judge applications based upon scientific merit, potential for the data to support a future grant application, and potential overall impact.

Application Instructions

Submit application using the iCFAR application form below by November 5, 2018 to

Individual application sections may be expanded, but the overall proposal should not be more than 2 pages in length.

Applicants are required to also submit their NIH-style biosketch.