Applicants are expected to have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research, but may not have been engaged in any past or current HIV or SIV research. Disqualifying research experiences include (but are not limited to) authorship on any HIV/SIV research papers; serving as an investigator on an HIV/SIV grant (including postdoctoral fellowships); and receiving an HIV/SIV grant, subaward, or contract. Eligibility of all applicants will be assessed at both the concept proposal and full application phases, and will be considered on a case-by case basis. If you have questions, please contact us at cnihr@uw.edu.

Eligible Principal Investigators (PIs) can be from any relevant discipline. Eligible PIs are encouraged to work with their institutions throughout the concept proposal phase and will be required to have institutional sign-off on their application if invited to submit a full proposal. Applicants from all countries (unless excluded because of regulations applicable to embargoed countries – see link: http://www.treas.gov/offices/enforcement/ofac/programs) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are expected to maintain their eligibility until the award start date.

Degree time limit requirement:
Applicants must have either completed their first terminal research degree or their medical residency within the last ten years from the concept proposal deadline (i.e. 30 October 2005). Examples include PhD; MD; DVM; MMed + postdoctoral fellowship/other formal research training (5 year maximum time limit for research training); or MD + medical residency (not fellowship).

Extensions to this 10 year time period will be considered for reasons that can include medical issues, disability, family care responsibilities, extended periods of clinical training, natural disasters, and active duty military service and require supporting documentation. The extension time allowed will be equivalent to the time away from research or research training. The CNIHR program will follow NIH guidelines for the extension of the Early Stage Investigator period (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-034.html.)  Please contact the CNIHR Program (cnihr@uw.edu) in order to request an extension.

Job title and institutional requirements:
In order to be eligible, junior investigators must be faculty or equivalent (e.g. assistant professor, senior lecturer, etc.) in good standing at an academic institution or have a comparable position in a not for profit organization or institution with a primary mission of research. (See Eligible Organizations and Institutions for more information.)

Post-doctoral trainees are eligible to apply IF they have completed their training and will have a faculty or comparable position prior to the full proposal submission deadline of Thursday, February 11, 2016; a letter of intent from the investigator’s institution indicating the commitment to a faculty or comparable position by the deadline must be included in the concept proposal submission. If the applicant does not have the faculty or comparable position at the time of full proposal submission, their application will be removed from the pool as ineligible.


Applicants who have a K or a similar type of mentored award from NIH or another federal agency should review the FAQs to learn more about potential restrictions and additional CNIHR and NIH requirements.

U.S. Federal Government employees are ineligible to apply since federal funds are used to support the CNIHR program. Some U.S. Government contractors may also be ineligible and potential applicants should check with their organization to determine whether external funding is allowed.

If unsure about your eligibility, first read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you still have questions, please contact us at cnihr@uw.edu.