Gilead HIV Cure Mentored Scientist Award

Project Award Amount $45,000


The purpose of the Gilead HIV Cure Mentored Scientist Award at the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research is to mentor and train early stage investigators participating in HIV cure research. The award is open to investigators at a senior stage of clinical or postdoctoral training, and to new faculty at UCSF and affiliated partner institutes. Cure research projects can be in clinical or basic laboratory science and must contribute to the goals of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research. Applicants for this award must indicate a faculty research mentor(s) who will commit to guiding the applicant throughout the duration of the proposed project.

The award amount for this program is $45,000 in direct costs for one year. Any carry forward of funding is not guaranteed. For affiliated institutions, indirect cost rate is capped at 10%.

Progress reports will be due at six months and at the end of the project period. 


NOTE: Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission; no waivers are allowed.

Who’s Eligible:

  • Postdoctoral or clinical fellows in training.
  • Current faculty in any Series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) at the Assistant Professor or Clinical Instructor level (including acting positions) who have not yet received an R01-equivalent award in HIV/AIDS.
  • Investigators must be at UCSF or an affiliated partner institute.

Who is NOT eligible: Associate and Full Professors or Staff; applicants without terminal degrees.

Submission Rules

Designation of a Research Mentor:

All mentored award applications require a faculty research mentor from UCSF or a UCSF-affiliate. The mentor’s role is to provide oversight on the planning, direction, and execution of the proposed research. The mentor should be recognized as an accomplished investigator in HIV cure research, and should be able to demonstrate past success in training/mentoring independent investigators. In addition, the mentor must commit to mentoring the applicant throughout the duration of the research project. The research mentor must support, advise, and guide the research portion of your application before submitting it to RAP.

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications:

Completed applications which meet eligibility requirements will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate review committee convened by the UCSF Resource Allocation Program. Projects will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the significance of the proposed scientific investigation, and the quality and potential of the applicant and the research team.

Selection of Awardees:
Funding decisions are made independently by each funding agency based on several factors – scientific review score, alignment of proposal to funder’s strategic goals, research area of focus, and potential for the PI to become an independent investigator.

Program Contact
Direct questions regarding submission or reporting procedures to Rebecca Cantor (phone: 415.502.5708, email: [email protected]).


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form
STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things listed in numeric order in the instructions below.


Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file.
Proposal Length: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents, literature cited and Community Engagement component (if applicable).
Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

Definition: same research topic with an amended application or research plan rather than a new research topic and new research plan.
Requirements: Please use up to one extra page to introduce your revised proposal, addressing the issues raised in the review, and any additional changes to your proposal. A new letter from the Chair is not required if the resubmission is within 2 cycles (one skipped cycle max). You will include the old letter and state your resubmission is within 2 cycles and new letter is not required. Make sure the new changes are highlighted in bold or italic font so the reviewers can easily see where and how the proposal has changed. Do NOT use track changes

  1. Investigator Name (no multiple PIs). Only one application is permitted per cycle.
  2. Project Title
  3. Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, [1-6 below] excluding literature cited, mentoring plan, and additional human-subjects information [7-9 below]); also excludes community engagement component, if applicable. 
  • Aims. Do not submit an application that describes an idea that is the same or similar to one used in a previously funded RAP grant. If it is a similar idea, describe how the new proposed research is uniquely different.
  • Feasibility: Describe what steps you are taking to ensure the proposed project can be completed within the one year project period for this grant (approximately 300 word max).
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table): a) Hypothesis, b) Rationale, c) Experimental approach, d) Interpretation of results
  • Explain how this pilot project is important for your career goals (e.g., lead to major funding, etc.
  • Mentoring Plan: Describe the plan for oversight of this project by your mentor(s), including the specific role of your primary mentor named in this application. (Not included in the page limit)
  • Literature cited (not included in the page limit)
  • Protection of Human Subjects description (if applicable)
  1. Detailed Budget: $45,000 in direct  costs for a one-year period. Please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $44,869 list $45,000).  Direct costs may include personnel (salary and fringe benefits), consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel to perform the study or to present findings from the study, and other expenses. Travel, along with other costs, must be fully justified. For affiliated institutions, indirect cost rate is capped at 10%.   PIs are required to list their effort whether "paid" or "in kind".

Allowable Costs:

Mentored Science Award Program Budget


Not Allowable

PI Salary



Co-Investigator(s) Salary



Post Doc Salary



Administrative Support












Personal Computers*












Research Staff Support (e.g. RSA; Lab. Technician)



Patient Care



Others Expenses**



* Computers are only allowable when essential to the conduct of the proposed research. If the computer is planned to be used for other projects / responsibilities, we request that the cost of the computer be shared with those other project budgets, in accordance with the amount of use anticipated by each project.
** Refer to the UCSF Charging Practices and Guidelines of allowable Expenses

*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests.

General guideline: PI partial salary support should not exceed 10% of the requested award budget NOT 10% of PI salary.  An amount over 10% of the award budget must be well justified. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute the 10% salary support among themselves (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

  • General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL) can be included in the requested budget
  • 10% includes SALARY & BENEFITS
  • The award amount is DIRECT COST ONLY
  1. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.
  2. NIH Biosketches for Principal Investigator and Mentor (each 5 page maximum).  NIH Biosketch_Version F
  3. Letters of Support: Provide the following two letters of support at the end of your PDF proposal and address them to the RAP Committee.

    Mentor’s Letter of Support: Include a letter of support from your research mentor that includes information outlined below:
  • Specific areas in which mentoring will be provided/mentor’s role in the project
  • Mentor’s background in mentoring
  • How the project fits with the mentor’s research agenda and applicant’s career development
  • The mentor’s working relationship (previous and/or current) with applicant Department Head/Unit head(should indicate support for the application)