Funding Opportunity: ARI Call for HIV Research Pilot Awards

The UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI) seeks to facilitate scientific progress in HIV research and to enhance the effectiveness of UCSF’s HIV research, care, and education initiatives. We are calling for pilot award applications from UCSF faculty investigators who need to generate preliminary data for ARI priority topics in HIV research.

Priority Topics:

  1. HIV Cure (laboratory, clinical, or behavioral)
  2. New Applications for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in HIV Research (laboratory, clinical, or behavioral)
  3. HIV Associated co-morbidities (laboratory, clinical, or behavioral)
  4. Substance Use Disorders in the context of HIV: Implementation and Treatment studies
  5. Vulnerable Populations in the context of HIV: Implementation and Treatment Studies

The award amount will be up to $100,000 direct/total costs (no IDC included), that can be spent over a period of 1-2 years. This award cannot be transferred outside of UCSF (subcontracts are allowed). Progress reports will be due annually and at the end of the project period.


  • Applicants must have a primary faculty appointment at UCSF. Assistant, Associate and Full Professors (any series) are eligible.
  • Those seeking bridge funding for the K to R transition are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file by email to [email protected] by 12pm on Monday, November 13, 2023. They should include the following components:

  1. A 1-page proposal describing the 1) research question, significance, specific aims, and methodology; 2) research team; 3) Timeline and detailed description of the next steps (i.e., grant submission timeline) after data are generated from this award
  2. Applicant’s current NIH Biosketch or CV
  3. Proposed budget using NIH budget page: PHS 398 Form Page 4, “Detailed Budget for the Initial Period”:
  4. Budget justification

Review Criteria and Selection Process:

Complete applications which meet eligibility requirements will be reviewed by the ARI Leadership Committee and evaluated on the quality of proposed scientific investigation, and prospect that the data generated will be the launching point for future funding. Funding decisions will be made with the approval of the ARI Leadership Committee, and at the discretion of the ARI Director.

Fund Use Guidelines:

Funds requested must be used to support the conduct of the proposed research project.




Request for applications distributed

September 26, 2023

Applications due

November 13, 2023- 12:00pm

Notice of award

Early December 2023