Application Deadline: Oct 01 2017 at 11:59pm
The Office of AIDS Research, in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Division of AIDS and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, seeks to create a CFAR Mucosal Immunology Group (CFAR-MIG) and thus expand the overall workscope and scientific participation of the previously established Mucosal Immunology Group (MIG) formed several years ago in conjunction with the HVTN under the direction of Dr. Julie McElrath and, currently funded through the NIH to the CFAR at Duke University (PI, Kent Weinhold). In 2009, the HVTN Laboratory established the HIV (MIG), consisting of 3 working groups (Gastrointestinal; Genitourinary; Systems Biology) that were initially tasked with identifying and standardizing best practices for the collection, storage, and analysis of mucosal specimens that are critical for the evaluation of HIV prevention or treatment modalities in future clinical trials. The MIG continues to yield fruitful and collegial, cross-network research collaborations among a diverse group of immunologists, virologists and clinical researchers. This current Request for Proposals will build upon the accomplishments of the MIG by extending scientific participation and support to members of the NIH Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) network. One of the primary goals of this group is to support innovative, method development studies by CFAR members. MIG awards are for one year with maximum funding per application of up to $100,000 Total Costs. Please note that the number of applications that will be funded for this announcement will be based on funding availability and scientific merit.