Early Stage Investigator Scholar Award: Funding Pilot Studies to Advance Non-Human Primate Models in Support of HIV Vaccine Clinical Research

Are you a postdoc, clinical instructor or assistant clinical professor who wants to help advance HIV Vaccine clinical research? Early Stage Investigators are encouraged to apply for a novel collaborative research initiative entitled "The Early Stage Investigator Scholar Award: Pilot Studies to Advance Non-Human Primate Models in Support of HIV Vaccine Clinical Research." This initiative, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has two primary objectives:

  1. To attract and retain promising early career investigators (ECIs) interested in improving non-human primate models that support preventive HIV vaccine development, and
  2. To provide a framework for ongoing ECI mentorship that will foster increased collaboration between clinical and NHP scientists addressing common questions in vaccine discovery.

Participating organizations include the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology, the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, the National Center for Research Resources, the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Funding will support 3-8 proposals with stipend, facility and administrative costs up to $450,000 per year for two years. This covers investigator time at 60-100% FTE, research development support, and career development/mentorship activities.

A Request for Applications will be posted here on October 1, 2009. Full applications are due 22 February 2010. For an overview of the award, see the Introductory slides from the HVTN Fall Conference 2008.