2018 ARI Strategic Support Awards: Call for Proposals

2018 Call for Proposals


Constraints on available funding sources and increased competition for decreased research funding opportunities have had a tremendous impact on the productivity and viability of research careers at UCSF. In an effort to fill this gap, the AIDS Research Institute (ARI) provides funds to support in need UCSF investigators engaged in HIV/AIDS research. For its 2018 funding call, the ARI will provide a total of up to $20,000 in funding for the support of projects over the course one or two years. Proposed projects may include, but are not limited to: pilot research, secondary data analysis, and filling funding gaps in existing grants.

Award Timeline

February 1—March 16, 2018

Applications accepted

April 2018

Announcements made

July 1, 2018—June 30, 2018 or 2019 (if two years)

Award period



Applicants for ARI Strategic Support funding must have the following:

  • A terminal degree or equivalent educational credit
  • A supporting UCSF home accounting department
  • A research focus on HIV/AIDS


Submission Process

Submissions must include a cover letter, budget, and budget justification. The cover letter must detail the need for the funding request, describe the project, and should outline the benefit to ARI stakeholders and UCSF as well as the potential impact for advancing the field of HIV/AIDS research. The budget may not exceed $20,000, and subcontracts are not permitted. Because this is an internal UCSF grant, no indirect costs will be accepted. Carry-forward requests or extensions are not automatic and require prior approval with request and justification submitted 90 days prior to the end of the award year. For multi-year awards, if progress is not made during any given period, the ARI director retains the right to discontinue or retract funding.

In addition to the cover letter, budget, and budget justification, please provide the following supporting documentation:

  • A letter of support from an ARI Executive Committee member
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of other support, detailing complete funding currently received (timeline, amount, funder, program description) for project seeking funding
  • Documentation of pending and planned proposals (timeline, amount, funder, and program description) for project seeking funding


Selection Process

Funding decisions will be based on merit, alignment of proposal to the ARI’s mission, feasibility of completing the project in a timely manner, and availability of funds. Funding decisions will be made with the approval of the ARI Leadership Committee, and at the discretion of the ARI Director.


Awardees are required to provide brief written progress reports every six months and may be asked to give an oral presentation to the ARI Executive Committee at the conclusion of the award.

Program Contact and Submissions

Please contact Rebecca Cantor ([email protected]) with any questions. Please refer to the FAQs prior to contacting to ensure your question hasn't already been answered.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm, Friday March 16 to Diane Madsen ([email protected]).