UW Center for AIDS and STD

STI CRC Developmental Research Projects (DRP)


One of the major goals of the Sexually Transmitted Infections Cooperative Research Centers (STI CRC) is to recruit and retain talented new investigators from a variety of disciplines into the field of STI research.

The DRP awards (similar to K08, K23, and K99 awards) provide 1 year of funding to support research projects and career development activities that will enhance the applicant’s ability to compete successfully for an independent R- or K-series award (e.g., acquisition of preliminary data, training in grant preparation).

Application Instructions

Applications are open for the 2024 DRP Awards from September 6, 2023 to October 18, 2023 at 5:00PM PST (Optional budget consultation due: September 27, 2023). Download the RFA for detailed application instructions.


Applicants for DRP awards are scientists (M.D., Ph.D., or other relevant doctoral-level degree) nearing completion of the postdoctoral fellowship period or in early faculty positions. Eligible individuals must not have served as a Principal Investigator on a NIH or other grant or contract (in the field of STI or HIV research) exceeding $75,000 direct costs per year. Previous DRP award recipients are not eligible to compete for a second DRP award. Applicants will be drawn from early-career investigators interested in continuing STI research and located at UW or the following UW-affiliated institutions: Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, University of Victoria. Contact Susan Mello (spmello@uw.edufor questions regarding eligibility.

Types of Projects

Eligible research areas include basic, epidemiological, translational, behavioral, or implementation science research on STI topics other than HIV. HIV studies may be included in a proposal only as they relate to, or impact upon, other STIs. Preference will be given to studies focused on syphilis. Per NIH, we cannot fund clinical trials of investigational or approved or standard-of-care drugs or any other interventions that evaluate the effect of that intervention on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes. Please see NIH policy (NOT-16-147 and NOT-15-015). Please contact Anna Wald (annawald@uw.edu) to determine whether your proposed project would be eligible for funding.

Funding of Awards

One application will be selected for funding, to provide one year of funding. The amount of each award is up to $60,000 per year (direct costs). Only direct costs will be awarded; no indirect costs (IDC) will be paid to non-UW institutions. A letter of agreement to waive IDC should be included with applications if relevant. The award may be used for PI or other salary (no salary is provided for the mentor), technical support, laboratory or other supplies, equipment, and travel costs related to the project.