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The Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) grant program is currently accepting applications for its latest round of funding. The CNIHR program is a joint initiative of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIH-funded Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the International AIDS Society.

The CNIHR program welcomes innovative proposals from early-stage scientists without prior experience in HIV research to answer essential questions in HIV research, including emerging issues of long term survival with HIV infection, prevention of HIV transmission, and research toward a cure.

The application process is two-phase: Concept Proposal phase (open to all eligible candidates) and the Full Proposal phase (only successful applicants from the Concept Proposal Phase). 

Concept proposals (2 pages) are due October 16th, 2013 and are submitted via the CNIHR website.

See or the attached Request for Proposals for detailed information. A brief overview of the program is below. Awardees will be selected by April 2014.

Email for all questions is


Eligibility Criteria:

Early-stage investigators who have completed their first terminal research degree or medical residency after October 16, 2003 and who have a faculty or equivalent position at an academic institution or a comparable position at a not for profit research organization or institution at the time of full proposal submission are eligible.

Applicants must have not yet been engaged in HIV research. Any previous grant, contract, sub-award, or publication in HIV or SIV research is disqualifying.

Funding Available:

Awards are funded for 1-2 years, up to $150,000 (direct costs) per year. 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.

Additional funds are provided for each grantee and their CFAR-affiliated mentor to attend conferences and a pre-conference CNIHR networking meeting convened by the International AIDS Society during their award period.

Webinars and Additional Information:

The CNIHR program will host four live webinars between August and October 2013 which will be recorded and posted on the CNIHR website. Two will be focused on answering questions about eligibility and scientific questions and two will focus on application/administrative and grantsmanship questions. For more details, please see the CNIHR website:


For CFAR Investigators:

All applicants chosen to submit full proposals are required to establish a mentor relationship with a CFAR-affiliated investigator. This can include senior international investigators affilated with CFARs.

CFAR investigators are eligible to become mentors or collaborators for the CNIHR program. Benefits of mentorship include mentoring bright young investigators, travel support to the International AIDS Society meetings, peer networking with other eminent CFAR-affiliated mentors and IAS meeting plenary speakers, and facilitating creative advances in HIV research. 

Email for all questions is

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