Developmental Core

The Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY CFAR (ERC-CFAR) Developmental Core strives to provide wide-ranging services to nurture and advance the research careers of tomorrow’s HIV/AIDS researchers. We assist early stage investigators (ESIs) engaged in HIV/AIDS Research in the three participating institutions by providing the following services:

  1. Mentoring: Our grantsmanship mentoring is a multi-pronged process, which combines individually tailored mentoring plans tailored for each ESI and multiple forums to enable ESIs to present their HIV/AIDS research progress to the ERC-CFAR community to garner feedback from the HIV/AIDS researcher community to develop new collaborations.
  2. Catalytic Pilot Grants: We will provide ESIs with opportunities to compete in our peer-reviewed ERC-CFAR catalytic pilot grants and microgrants programs or NIH CFAR administrative supplements opportunities. The catalytic pilot grants are $50,000 to $75,000 each and they need to be submitted in response to the call for applications that are announced approximately twice a year. The applications are reviewed by 2 or 3 external experts as well as by the Developmental Core Mentoring Committee (DCMC) in an NIH Study Section-like review process. The focus of the application needs to be on the HIV/AIDS topics specified in the announcement. If there is an active announcement, you will be able to find it on this ERC CFAR website or you can contact the ERC CFAR administrative office.
  3. Microgrants: ESIs who are engaged in active HIV/AIDS research and that have very specific needs to generate data required for submission of a major grant or for a major publication that is ready to be submitted are eligible to request for a microgrant. For ESIs, microgrants range from $2000 to $5000. Unlike catalytic pilot grants, these are rapidly reviewed by the DCMC.
  4. Promoting Trans- and intra-institutional collaborations
    • (i) Although all of our services are tailored for ESIs, we welcome established investigators who are NIH-funded for non-AIDS topics who wish to apply their unique skills and methodologies to HIV/AIDS and initiate new research to collaborate with CFAR investigators. We aim to remove obstacles to succeed in such effort – both by providing microgrants that are up to $10K and access to HIV cohorts
    • (ii) For ESIs, we organize bi-annual virtual K-clubs that are attended by HIV/AIDS ESIs from Einstein, Rockefeller, and CUNY and that include both presentations by successful ESIs and by the ERC-CFAR Developmental and Operational Core leaders about all available CFAR services that can assist ESIs in their research projects and planned grant submissions
    • (iii) We will organize bi-annual New York City-wide research symposia attended by all NYC HIV/AIDS researchers where individuals from the major NYC institutions will be selected to present their cutting edge research.
  5. Enhancing scientific communication among the investigators of ERC-CFAR
    • (i) We conduct a CME-accredited bi-weekly Trans-institutional ERC-CFAR virtual research seminar series.
    • (ii) We have established a ERC-CFAR Invited Speaker Seminar series.
    • (iii) We support a monthly Virus Hub meeting (in coordination with Einstein’s HIV/AIDS T32 Institutional training grant (PI: Dr. V. Prasad) and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology) consisting of 13 Einstein virologists, which includes 9 faculty members that focus their research on HIV, HSV or HCV. This provides a special one-stop-shop for all ERC-CFAR ESIs to learn about the latest virological research going on at Einstein.

For further information or to access the Developmental Core services, please contact Drs. Prasad, Arnsten, Hatziioannou or Grov.

ERC-CFAR awarded catalytic and micro grants are listed here, CFAR Supplemental grants are listed here and 2021 publications that are due to these grants and Core mentoring are listed here.