amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR Funding Principles to Guide Applicants for Research Grants 

amfAR’s $100 million Countdown to a Cure initiative is aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure for HIV by the end of 2020. The urgency of our goal demands that we direct our funding to studies that uncover vital knowledge that is directly applicable to curing HIV in people living with HIV/AIDS.

In determining research priorities, amfAR considers the availability of funding, the current scope of knowledge, and whether the research is necessary and sufficient to accomplish our goal.

Questions such as those below guide amfAR’s consideration of research proposals:

  • Do we already have sufficient answers to this research question?
  • Would it be possible to develop a cure for HIV without the knowledge the researcher is seeking to acquire?
  • Is the proposed research addressing a fundamental question that would propel several cure-focused approaches forward with the answer?
  • How strong is the evidence that the overall approach has the potential to cure HIV?
  • Are personnel numbers and costs appropriate?