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CFAR Trainee Support Grants

CFAR Trainee Support Grants help fund a variety of activities for doctoral students, fellows, and early-stage faculty which are directly relevant to their career development. The purpose of the program is to provide modest support to enhance career development of trainees and early-stage investigators pursuing research careers in HIV/AIDS and to encourage collaboration with other HIV/AIDS investigators.

Upcoming Quarterly Deadlines

July 15, 2024
October 15, 2024
January 15, 2025
April 15, 2025

One application per person per quarterly deadline.

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Application Checklist (MS; PDF)



Applicants must be graduate students or trainees [pre- or post-doctoral fellows, acting or early-stage faculty with a rank of Assistant Professor or below] at one of the CFAR’s US-based affiliates (University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, Access to Advanced Health Institute, University of Hawai’i at Manoa) and a demonstrated commitment to a career in research on HIV/AIDS.  International graduate students and trainees committed to HIV research careers may also be eligible if they are both stationed in an Eligible Low and Middle Income Country and have a primary mentor who is appointed at a US-based CFAR affiliate.

Eligible applicants must also be UW/FH CFAR Members, or have applied for membership at the time of their TSG submission.


Types of Activities

Eligible activities must relate directly to advancing an applicant’s HIV/AIDS research plans, collaborations and dissemination.

“HIV-related research” is defined broadly and includes basic science, clinical, behavioral epidemiological, implementation science, and health services research.

Examples of eligible activity expenses include scientific meeting registration fees, travel costs for educational activities supporting research collaborations, costs of graphics for poster presentations, reprints, and scientific journal publication (page) charges.  Also, scientific meeting participation costs are eligible only insofar as the applicant has been selected to make an oral or poster presentation and intends to foster new or existing collaborations. Manuscript publication charges are eligible only if the manuscript has been accepted.

Ineligible expenses include tuition, and activities and equipment to conduct research, such as salaries, stipends and computers.


Funding Available

Up to $1,000 per award. TSGs are awarded and reviewed quarterly.

At least two TSGs this year will be co-sponsored by the Developmental Core and Behavioral Innovations Core, and awarded to applicants with a focus on eHealth, mHealth, or related technology. Please indicate on the Trainee Support Grant Application Form whether you would like to be considered for one of these awards.

Awards may support up to 75% of the cost of a funded activity and matching funds must pay for the remainder. Matching funds may be provided by the trainee, a mentor, department, or other source.

Maximum one award per year per person. No mentors will be allowed to have more than two mentees receive an award per year. Unsuccessful applicants may apply again for a different request.


Award Criteria

Demonstration that the activity will contribute toward a trainee’s development as an HIV/AIDS investigator (e.g. foster collaborations, acquire new knowledge, new skills, new experience, etc.). Priority will be given to applicants with a doctoral degree for whom the activity is dependent on the CFAR award.


Post-Award Requirement

Awardees must report to the CFAR Developmental Core on how the award contributed toward their development as an HIV/AIDS investigator.

Note that there will be QUARTERLY DEADLINES and reviews for these awards. If the request is to attend a meeting other than one of the major HIV/AIDS meetings, please include a copy of the meeting brochure. Please also indicate the status of your anticipated charges and, if applicable, attach any proof of conference/manuscript acceptance as part of your application.  

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