Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR)

The Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) program at the National Institutes of Health provides administrative and shared research support to synergistically enhance and coordinate high quality AIDS research projects. CFARs accomplish this through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services not otherwise readily obtained through more traditional funding mechanisms.

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The CFAR Program is administratively managed by the CFAR team within the Basic Science Program within the Division of AIDS at NIAID and it is scientifically managed by the NIH CFAR Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from the co-funding institutes and centers as well FIC and the Office of AIDS Research.

About CFAR

This program was originally begun by the NIAID Division of AIDS in 1988 and is co-funded by eleven NIH Institutes.


There are 19 Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) located at academic and research institutions throughout the United States.


Limited resources may be available to outside researchers depending upon individual CFAR policies and availability.  


One of the missions of the CFAR Program is to foster CFAR–CFAR collaborations. Over the past few years, several inter-CFAR collaborations have been formed by the CFARs.


CFAR holds an annual meeting.

Content last reviewed on November 17, 2017