AFRICURE Developmental Award 2024 for African HIV scholars and Mentors

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AFRICURE Developmental Award 2024 for African HIV scholars and Mentors. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline:

10th November 2023

Tell Me About AFRICURE Award:

This CFAR funding mechanism is administered by the JHU CFAR and the Inter CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Working Group (IC-SSA-WG). Recipients of the awards will be mentored by and collaborate with established HIV investigators across CFARs and affiliated institutions in Africa. An annual mentoring workshop will be held for awardees in conjunction with an international HIV research meeting, such as CROI, the NIH HIV Cure Strategies Workshop, the annual ACTG Network Meeting, or as a stand-alone meeting in Africa. 

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Who can Apply for AFRICURE?

Scholar eligibility 

All scholars will meet the following criteria: 

National or permanent resident of a sub-Saharan African country;  
Early-stage or mid-career scientists who have received their doctoral degree within the last 15 years in disciplines such as (but not limited to) Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Immunology, Virology, Pharmacology, Genomics/Genetics, Structural Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Physiology, Biophysics, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Biotechnology, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Oncology, Metabolism, Cardiovascular, Neurology, Public Health, Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Pathology, Bioengineering, Operations Research, and Implementation Science; 
Committed to professional development; 
Appointment as faculty or equivalent at an institution or organization in sub-Saharan Africa. Grants will not be transferable to institutions outside of sub-Saharan Africa; 

Post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply if they have a faculty appointment in place at the time the CFAR Africure project funding begins (anticipated March 1, 2023). A letter from the applicant’s department chair, verifying their faculty position and start date, must be included in the application package. 

Strong interest in HIV cure research and demonstrated skills, knowledge, and potential necessary to carry out the proposed research with appropriate support and mentorship.  

Mentor eligibility 

Each applicant will be required to have two mentors; a primary mentor who is an established investigator at an institution affiliated with an NIH-funded CFAR who has a history of NIH funding in HIV cure-related research, and a local mentor at an institution in the applicant’s country with strong mentorship experience and a commitment to participating for the duration of the program.  

Applicants who would like assistance in identifying an eligible CFAR mentor may contact Anne Efron, the CFAR Africure Program Administrator ([email protected]). We encourage applicants to review the list of currently funded CFARs. Each CFAR has a Developmental Core that is tasked with helping to build the HIV research careers of junior faculty at their institution. As a result, Developmental Core staff are familiar with the senior faculty at their institution and may be able to help you locate an appropriate mentor. 

Which Countries are Eligible?

African countries

How Many Awards?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of AFRICURE Award?

  • The budget for the grants is a maximum of $150,000 per year in direct costs for 1 year, plus applicable indirect costs.
  • These funds may be used for salary, technical support, laboratory supplies, equipment, travel to the collaborating CFAR institution, a scientific conference, or other training activities. 

How Long will Award Last?

  • Concept Proposal due: November 10, 2023
  • Notification of Outcome: November 27, 2023
  • Invited Applications due: January 22, 2024
  • Notification of Outcome: February 19, 2024

Project Period: March 1, 2024 – February 28, 2025

How to Apply:

Click to download full Application Instructions

Note that there is a two-step process to apply for the CFAR Africure Program:

Step 1: Submit a concept proposal by emailing a completed form packet as a single PDF document to [email protected].

  • Click to download the CFAR Africure concept proposal form.
  • Click for NIH Biosketch template

Step 2: Full applications will only be accepted from applicants who have been invited to go forward after competitive concept proposal review. Invited full applications should be submitted by emailing the application package as a single PDF document to [email protected].

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