CFAR International Pilot Awards

Closing Date

 

Purpose

The International Pilot Awards are for the development and implementation of innovative and collaborative HIV-related research projects in developing countries by junior faculty. Pilot Awards provide an opportunity to initiate new research or to leverage new directions for research within ongoing projects that will provide important preliminary data to seed future larger proposals by junior investigators in international settings.  Priority is given to studies with the potential to obtain pilot data for the development of future grant proposals.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must:

1) Be a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR member.

2) Have an MD or PhD or equivalent terminal degree (including an MBChB plus Master’s Degree).

3) Have not had an NIH R01 or equivalent grant in HIV/AIDS.

4) Have an appropriate appointment, as follows:

  • Junior faculty (including acting positions), OR
  • a scientist completing a fellowship, OR
  • a senior post-doctoral fellow initiating a new area of HIV-related research that will form a basis for their independent program, OR
  • faculty-equivalent investigator at an international community-based organization whose primary mission is research.

3) Have an appropriate affiliation, as follows:

  • Be appointed at, or being recruited to, a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate institution (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa), OR
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an Eligible Low or Middle Income Country, and have a primary mentor appointed at a US-based UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa).

CFAR values diversity and encourages individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 

Applicants are only allowed to submit one application to this program per cycle.

 

 

Types of Projects

  • The project must be conducted primarily in an international location.
  • If the PI is a US-based applicant, an international co-investigator must be included as key personnel.
  • Each international PI must partner with a faculty co-investigator from a UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate institution (Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, University of Washington).
  • Research topics could include any aspect of HIV and HIV-related research, but may not include clinical trials, as defined by the NIH.
  • Studies of animal models, stored samples from existing cohorts, small pathogenesis studies or in vitro trials are acceptable. Project must be primarily conducted in an international location.
  • If your proposed study design involves testing a biomedical or behavioral intervention (including approved drugs and/or standard of care), contact cfardev@uw.edu  by Monday, July 31, 2020 for an eligibility review.  Include a brief description of 1) the study group(s), 2) the planned intervention and how it will be assigned, and 3) your proposed outcomes.

 

Funding Available

  • Direct costs: $15,000 US over one year. Previously funded projects will not be considered.
  • Funding cannot be applied to alterations or renovations of any facilities or IRB/ERC fees.
  • If the proposal requires a sub-contract, subcontractor F&A costs must be budgeted as a direct cost.
  • Please note that the CFAR has negotiated indirect cost waivers with several institutions, including Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. For international institutions, the allowable F&A rate to be budgeted as a direct cost is 8%. For domestic organizations without an established F&A rate, the default F&A rate is 10%.  If the proposal funds work through UW Kenya, the UW Kenya recharge fee must be budgeted as a direct cost.  Please contact uwkenya1@uw.edu for current rate details. 

 

Pre-Submission Requirements

  • Intervention Eligibility Check: If your proposed study design involves testing a biomedical or behavioral intervention (including approved drugs and/or standard of care), contact cfardev@uw.edu by Monday, July 31, 2020 for an eligibility review.  Include a brief description of 1) the study group(s), 2) the planned intervention and how it will be assigned, and 3) your proposed outcomes.
  • Letters of Support: Applications must include letters of support from all key personnel including faculty co-investigator(s).  International applicants must also provide a letter of support from a primary mentor appointed at a US-based UW/Fred Hutch CFAR affiliate (Fred Hutch, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, University of Washington).
  • CFAR Membership: All applicants are required to be UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Members. Information about membership can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/cfar/get-involved/cfar-membership
 
Please refer to the attached 2020 IPA Application Form for additional details on presubmission recommendations, review criteria, and pre- and post-award requirements.

 

Examples of Previous Pilot Awards 2005-2012

 

2020 INTERNATIONAL PILOT AWARD RFA