CFAR Pilot Award RFP

Funding Agency:
Duke University

CFAR Pilot projects should lead to future independent HIV/AIDS funding. The CFAR is especially interested in proposals from new investigators and those from established investigators who are turning their focus to HIV/AIDS.

Letter of Intent Deadline (required): extended to March 1, 2024 (was Feb 19)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Two types of Pilot Awards are available

  • Standard Pilot Awards (7 pages) – up to a maximum award of $100,000 direct funding
  • Focused Pilot Awards (3 pages) – up to a maximum award of $60,000 direct funding 

Proposals must target one of the NIH HIV/AIDS Priority Areas of Research.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for CFAR Pilot Grant Award


  • No prior R01 level funding in the HIV/AIDS field
  • Applicants with prior R01 funding in other fields are encouraged to apply

Post-doctoral and Clinical fellows

  • Applicants with a current K award must have NIH pre-approval
  • T32 awardees cannot use CFAR award for training or stipends
  • Separate letter of support from faculty mentor required, see Application information below
  • If proposal is reviewed and meets scoring criteria for award, PI Status must be submitted and obtained by department prior to CFAR issuing an award notification (JIT)

*Questions on eligibility should be directed to the CFAR Developmental Core

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 1, 2024