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NIAID to Fund Broad Range of Basic HIV Vaccine Discovery Research


Investigators from an array of life science disciplines are encouraged to seek grant funding through a new HIV vaccine research program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The program aims to spur fundamental research that will contribute directly to the design of a vaccine that prevents HIV infection or substantially slows the progression of HIV disease in people who become infected despite being vaccinated. Through a newly issued Request for Applications (RFA), NIAID will award up to $10 million in fiscal year 2009 for such studies.

Created in response to feedback received during NIAID’s March 25th HIV Vaccine Summit, the new funding opportunity endeavors to stimulate basic research in virology, immunology, cellular and structural biology and host genetics with the goal of generating discoveries, broadening knowledge and producing new concepts, approaches and strategies directly applicable to the design of a preventive HIV vaccine. Investigators do not need previous experience in HIV vaccine research to apply.

NIAID will accept grant proposals between Nov. 5, 2008, and Jan. 5, 2009.

WHERE: Please see the basic HIV vaccine discovery research RFA for details.
WHO: Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., director of the NIAID Division of AIDS, is available for interviews.
CONTACT: To schedule interviews, please contact Laura Sivitz in the NIAID Office of Communications, 301-402-1663,

NIAID conducts and supports research—at NIH, throughout the United States, and worldwide—to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses. News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at

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Last Updated August 29, 2008