Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Grants

Deadline: 16 October 2013
Open to: international and U.S.-based investigators and researchers with a terminal research degree
Grant: up to $150,000 direct research costs plus applicable indirect costs


The CNIHR (Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research) has announced funding of up to 2 years in length and with up to $150,000 direct cost per year for both international and U.S.-based early stage investigators from outside the field of HIV research to help address key scientific questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long-term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission and research towards a cure.

Research topics could include any aspect of HIV and HIV-related research, but may not include prospective human interventional trials (e.g. clinical trials of new drugs, treatments, or devices; or off-label use of a licensed drug). Studies of animal models, stored samples from existing cohorts, small pathogenesis studies or in vitro trials are acceptable.

Awards will be funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000 (direct costs) per year plus applicable indirect costs. Second year funding is contingent upon demonstration of satisfactory progress during year one. International awardee institution’s indirect cost rate is limited to 8%. Awarded funds may be used for salary, technical support, laboratory supplies, equipment, and travel to a scientific conference or other training activities directly related to the proposed research project.

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute at least 25% of their time to the CNIHR project. Salary support for the CNIHR effort can be budgeted in the CNIHR project or can come from another source, e.g., an institutional start-up package. Generally, funds may not be used to purchase computers unless they can be justified as key to the conduct of the study (data collection, tied to equipment, etc). Additionally, funds may not be used to offset losses of funding incurred through non-renewal of grant funds or through decreases in grant funds due to across-the-board cuts.

Ten to twelve grants are anticipated to be awarded in conjunction with the XX International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 20-25 July 2014.

Further details are available at the Frequently Asked Questions page HERE.


Eligible applicants include junior investigators who have either completed their first terminal research degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DVM, MMed + postdoctoral fellowship or formal research training and experience) or medical residency within the last ten years from the concept proposal deadline (i.e. 16 October 2003), and who have a faculty or equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor, senior lecturer, etc.) in good standing at an academic institution or have a comparable position in a not for profit organization or institution with a primary mission of research. U.S. Federal Government employees are ineligible to apply.


Concept Proposals are due October 16, 2013. Concept Proposals will be submitted electronically in one Adobe PDF file via the CNIHR website HERE, where you must first register. Applications must be in English. Applicants will certify in the online application that they have not received funding for HIV research, published in the HIV research field, and are not currently engaged in the conduct of research in this field. Please note that applications that do not adhere to the instructions will not be considered.

The Concept Proposal should include (in this order in a single Adobe PDF file):

  1. CNIHR Concept Proposal Cover Page (Download HERE).
  2. Biographical Sketch for the CNIHR applicant (PHS 398 Format – Download HERE) omit section A, unless providing a description of factors that may have reduced productivity per NIH NOT-OD-11-045
  3. Two-page proposal outlining the hypotheses, specific aims, brief preliminary data (if any), and brief research design.
  4. If applicable, letter of intent from the investigator’s institution indicating the commitment to a faculty position by February 10, 2014 (see section I.2 in guidelines for more details).

A Scientific Selection Committee (SSC) will review the Concept Proposals. Criteria for selection in the Concept Proposal phase are primarily based upon the scientific merit, investigator, significance, approach, and innovation. Researchers whose proposals are selected for the full proposal competition phase will have eight weeks to prepare and submit a full proposal by 10 February 2014.

Email for all questions is Read the call for proposals HERE for further details. The official website is available HERE.

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