amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Request for Proposals:

Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

Maximum Funding: $150,000

Performance Period: October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2015

Letter of Intent Deadline:

Applicant Eligibility and Qualifications

Applicants must

  • Hold a research or clinical doctorate completed between three and six years prior to April 19, 2013
  • Be positioned to secure an independent research position no later than March 2016
  • Be mentored by an experienced investigator at the same U.S. or international nonprofit research institution who: (a) is qualified to oversee the proposed research; (b) has successfully supervised postdoctoral fellows; and (c) is at the associate professor level or higher.
  • Be the main author on significant publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals
  • Have made oral and poster presentations at major scientific conferences and meetings


The goal of amfAR’s Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research is to:

  • Facilitate the exceptional postdoctoral researcher’s transition to a productive and independent long-term career in HIV/AIDS research
  • Support two years of postdoctoral basic biomedical research (phase I)
  • Provide the possibility of one additional year of research funding during the first year of an independent research position (phase II)

Submission Requirements and Deadlines

To obtain Letter of Intent (LOI) forms and instructions, click the link below to download the request form.

LOI forms request

Directions for submission of the request are on the form itself.

Make sure you request forms with adequate time to complete them. Deadline extensions will not be provided.

The LOI format for this program has been simplified. Only the following will be required:

  • Face Page
  • Eligibility Details
  • Fellow’s Biographical Sketch and List of Publications, Presentations and Posters
  • Mentor’s Biographical Sketch and List of Fellows Supervised
  • Career Development Questionnaire
  • Resources and Environment Form

Funding Restrictions

  • Maximum Funding: $150,000
  • 10% indirect cost rate maximum
  • Salary support is allowed for fellow only at a maximum of $100,000 for the two-year period; percent effort on the fellowship project must be at least 85% each year
  • The balance of direct costs is available to support research costs, fringe benefits, and employer taxes
  • Award Institution is required to provide funds or in-kind support to enhance the career development of the fellow (e.g. CFAR development funds; mentoring program; reduced-rate use of core facilities; etc.)

Phase II funding for an additional $50,000 may be approved, at a later date, to support basic biomedical HIV/AIDS research costs during the first 12 months of an independent research position at any US or international nonprofit research institution. Phase II funding must start no later than six months following the end of the phase I period.

Other Important Dates
Applications invited
Mid-June, 2013

Applications due
July 18, 2013 (tentative)

Funding decisions announced
Late September 2013

LOIs will be reviewed by amfAR staff to verify applicant eligibility. The qualifications of eligible applicants will be assessed by peer review. The best-qualified, eligible applicants will be invited to submit complete applications proposing original research to be conducted during the phase I fellowship period.

The LOI and application processes are highly competitive. Only a limited number of investigators submitting an LOI will be invited to submit an application, and only a limited number of applicants will be awarded funding. Submission of an LOI does not guarantee an invitation to submit a full application. An invitation to submit a full application is not a guarantee of funding.

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Important Notice

Complete details about this program and funding opportunity, including eligibility requirements, applicant qualifications, and restrictions on the use of funds, are provided in the LOI Instructions, which may be requested as detailed above.