amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Request for Proposals:

Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

Maximum Funding: $150,000
Performance Period: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020

Register for Portal Log-in and Instructions (REQUIRED) – 3:00 PM EDT, June 7, 2018
Letter of Intent Submission – 3:00 PM EDT, June 11, 2018

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

  • Facilitate the exceptional postdoctoral researcher’s transition to an independent career in HIV/AIDS research within an academic institution or nonprofit organization
  • 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)

Applicant Eligibility and Qualifications
Applicants must:

  • Hold a research or clinical doctorate completed between three and six years prior to May 3, 2018*
  • Be positioned to secure an independent research position no later than March 2021
  • Be the first author on significant publications in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Propose a line of research sufficiently distinct from the mentor’s own research that it indicates future independence
  • Have made oral and poster presentations at major scientific conferences and meetings
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit research institution anywhere in the world
  • Be mentored by an experienced investigator at the same 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.

*The three- to six-year eligibility window starts from the date the most recent doctoral degree was completed. E.g., the window for Ph.D. candidates starts from the date of successful dissertation defense; the window for M.D., Ph.D. candidates starts with the most recent of the internship completion or successful dissertation defense dates.

Submission Requirements and Deadlines
Submission of a letter of intent (LOI) is completed through an online portal.

Step 1: Click here to register.

Registrations must be submitted no later than 3:00 PM EDT on June 7, 2018. You will receive portal log in details and LOI forms. Deadline extensions will not be provided.

Step 2: Log in to the portal to complete the LOI and upload required forms, including:

  • Fellow’s Eligibility Details, Publications, Presentations, and Posters
  • Fellow’s Biographical Sketch and Mentor’s Biographical Sketch and List of Fellows Supervised
  • Resources and Environment Form
  • Signature Form

Funding Restrictions

  • Maximum Funding: $150,000 including maximum 10% indirect costs
  • 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%; additional funds needed to support salary for effort at that level must come from other non-project specific sources available to the institution.
  • The balance of direct costs is available to support research costs, fringe benefits, and employer taxes
  • The grantee Institution is required to provide funds or in-kind support to enhance the career development of the fellow (CFAR development funds; mentoring program; reduced-rate use of core facilities; etc.). The Institution must provide support for attendance at an NIH grant-writing workshop, or a similar training activity approved in advance by amfAR,
  • 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.

Please email with any questions about this RFP. 

Other Important Dates
Applications invited:
Mid July 2018 (tentative)

Applications due:
Early August 2018 (tentative)

Funding decisions announced:
Late September 2018

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 selection process 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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