Core Developmental

Core B red2Since its inception in 1988, the Developmental Core has been an integral part of the UAB CFAR. The goal of the Developmental Core is to act as a mentoring, innovation and research integration platform that serves the CFAR members. As such, the Developmental Core is the primary steering tool for the CFAR to translate its vision into actual research. This is achieved by (i) a strong emphasis on mentoring of junior investigators, (ii) the initiation of targeted research collaborations through pilot awards and (iii), in conjunction with UAB Departments, the recruitment of faculty that support the vision of the CFAR.  The Developmental Core provides assistance, mentoring and funding to junior faculty and investigators new to the HIV/AIDS. Through the CFAR Developmental Grant and mentoring process the Developmental Core provides scientific feedback on proposed research programs to all investigators from experienced faculty. In addition, the Developmental core keeps UAB CFAR members informed of the latest areas of emphasis put forth by the NIH and other funding opportunities. Doing so not only ensures that UAB investigators remain relevant in the emerging areas of HIV research but also enables young investigators to become established in pertinent investigations critical to the future of the field.

links to CFAR-related rfas are below

Links to CFAR-supported and partnering opportunities are available in the table below. Check back often as RFAs open and close annually. Also visit the UAB Research Centers and Cores Website for additional funding opportunities and information on University Centers, Shared Resources and Cores.


Services provided by the CFAR Development Core include access to CFAR-sponsored pilot programs and thorough partnering entities to enhance developmental opportunities for CFAR members. Links and information on related pilot programs are found in the table below. Mentoring, assistance with grant applications and development of new research initiatives through interdisciplinary research groups are offered by the core.  Also visit the UAB Research Centers and Cores Website for funding opportunities, UAB Centers and Shared Resources and Cores.

    CFAR Developmental Pilot Program One year of pilot funding is available for applications aligned to the four pillars of the CFAR scientific mission of prevention, drug discovery, pathogenesis and understanding the natural history of HIV infection. Join our listserv for announcements CLOSED NOW FOR FALL; WILL RENEW IN SPRING CFAR PILOT RFA
    Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Two years of funding available for early stage investigators to explore new and innovative ideas HIV research. Must have no prior HIV pubs or grants. www.cnihr.org OPEN 11/09/15 See website or download the RFA
    HIV and Aging One year pilot awards focused on aging in HIV that incorporate CFAR and Pepper Center (OAIC) resources. Sign up for the CFAR Listserv OPENS 11/16/15  Download the 2015-2016 RFA
    CCTS Translational Research Pilot Projects This program funds new interdisciplinary clinical and translational research projects to grow mature research programs in these areas. UAB CCTS Website
     Visit the Program Website
    Pain and Supportive Care in HIV Research Awards (Prep) The mission of PREP is to fund the UAB community in innovative research; contributing to the evidence base of palliative and supportive care and enhancing the prospect for external funding opportunities. UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care
    Complications of Diabetes CFAR and the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) partner to co-sponsor pilot studies focused on complications of diabetes within the context of HIV. DRC Website OPEN  See website

    Other Services:

    • Scientific guidance for faculty development is offered through specialized mentoring for all developmental grant awardees.
      • A comprehensive mentoring program is currently under development by the CFAR. Contact Laura Timares for more information
    • Investigational Research Groups (IRGs) support interdisciplinary groups exploring new research initiatives across diverse disciplines.
      • IRGs are created at the discretion of the CFAR Executive Committee as emerging areas of research are identified.  Information will be posted as these groups are initiated. Pilot funding is also made available to these groups through a competitive process.
    • Grant Preparation Services help advance the highest quality grant applications by members and increase the prospect for new funding awards by our members.
      • These services include assistance with grant preparation including financial planning and helping to establish links between the PI and appropriate experts at UAB for Letters of Collaboration (especially Core Directors and facilities available to CFAR members). Contact Laura Timares for more information on these services.


    Download the most recent list of publications   Here


    Optimal mentoring of young students and faculty is a common goal of a number of UAB organizations. CFAR is currently developing a collaborative program with the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the Department of Medicine to leverage the existing mentoring resources and programming that provides direct mentoring of new scientists. Contact Laura Timares for more information.

    The CFAR Mentoring Program faculty who are working in the area of HIV/AIDS/HCV at UAB. The services include matching mentors with mentees and conflict resolution services, as needed. Mentees may be matched with a research mentor as well as a career mentor. The roles of career mentors will differ in that the research mentor is expected to have expertise within their research area while the career mentor may not be matched based upon similar clinical or research interest but would rather serve as someone who provides guidance in career development (e.g., obtaining the first faculty position, contract negotiation, finding career/life balance, etc.).

    The UAB CCTS has developed mentoring tools that provide both mentors and mentees at UAB with access to guidance and tools such as mentoring contracts (viewable on CCTS Training Academy website: www.uab.edu/ccts). We use these mentoring tools, as well as other pertinent resources to facilitate mentoring at UAB as we develop this new resource. 

    Contact Information

    Core B cropped                                                                            Pictured: Drs. Karen Cropsey and Paul Goepfert.  Laura Timares (not pictured)

    Paul Goepfert, MD
    Email:  paulg@uab.edu

    Karen Cropsey, PsyD
    Email: kcropsey@uab.edu

    Mentoring and Faculty Development
    Laura Timares, PhD
    Email: timares@uab.edu

    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    CCB 328
    908 20th Street South
    Birmingham, AL 35294

    View Developmental Core in a larger map