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Monday, June 28, 2010


General RFP Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research Deadline: July 16, 2010

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is pleased to announce the availability of support for Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research.

Each fellowship is funded at a total of up to $125,000 (phase I): A direct cost maximum of $110,000 is allowed for personnel (salary and fringe benefits) and other research-related expenses. It is expected that a Krim fellow will devote the decided majority of his or her time to the approved fellowship project. Personnel costs supported by the fellowship grant must represent a minimum of 85% effort and be consistent with institution policy for other institution personnel of similar rank and title, regardless of source(s) of support. An additional $3,636 is provided to support the direct costs of participation in activities designated by amfAR. Institutional indirect costs may not exceed 10% of direct costs.

Contingent upon subsequent application and peer review, phase II funding for an additional 12 months may be approved to support basic biomedical HIV/AIDS research costs (up to $50,000 total cost) during the first year of a tenure-track position at any US or international nonprofit research institution.

The period of performance for Mathilde Krim Fellowships awarded under this RFP will be from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2012.

Background and Areas of Interest

amfAR plays a uniquely important role in AIDS research, identifying critical gaps in our knowledge of HIV and AIDS and supporting groundbreaking studies that often lack the preliminary data required by more traditional funders. The Foundation's research program focuses on efforts to prevent HIV infection among vulnerable populations and to improve treatment, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the virus in people living with HIV infection.


Krim Fellowship applicants must have a research or clinical doctorate and no more than four years of postdoctoral training at the time of LOI submission, and are expected to secure a tenure-track position by the end of the phase I amfAR funding period (and no later than six months following its end).

The Krim Fellowship applicant must be mentored during the funding period by an experienced investigator who: (a) is affiliated with the same nonprofit institution; (b) is qualified to oversee the proposed research; (c) has successfully supervised postdoctoral fellows; and (d) is at the associate professor level or higher.

Submission Requirements and Deadlines

Letter of intent (LOI) forms and instructions may be obtained by sending an email to

Please include the following in the body of the e-mail:

The LOI must then be prepared on amfAR-provided forms in conformance to the instructions and must include:

Face Sheet: completed and signed by the fellow and fellowship mentor.

Abstract: no more than 200 words describing the proposed research plan.

Relevance Description: 200 words or less addressing the significance of the proposal to priorities in HIV/AIDS research.

Career Goals Statement: one page addressing the anticipated impact of the fellowship on research plans and career goals and path.

Biographical Sketches of the fellow and mentor.

Research Plan (submitted as a separate document): three single-spaced pages (one-inch margins, Times New Roman 12 point font) including background and rationale, preliminary studies, specific aims, experimental design, procedures, and data analysis to be used.

Please see the LOI INSTRUCTIONS for detailed directions.

E-mail the LOI forms and research plan as attachments to:

Due no later than July 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

Please make sure the body of the e-mail includes the fellow’s name and contact information.

Important Notice
Electronic (e-mailed) LOIs that are received late, are incomplete, or exceed page limitations (please see instructions for details) will not be accepted for review. Fax submissions are not accepted.

Send one signed hard copy of the LOI (forms and research plan) to:
amfAR Grants
120 Wall Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10005-3908, USA
Due no later July 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

An e-mailed (electronic) copy and signed hard copy of the LOI are required of all applicants.

Submission of an LOI is not a guarantee of eligibility to submit a full application. The pre-application process is highly competitive. Only a limited number of investigators submitting an LOI will be invited to submit a full application.

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