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.

In the State of the Union Address on February 5, 2019, President Donald J. Trump announced his Administration's goal to end the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. To achieve this goal and address the ongoing public health crisis of HIV, the proposed Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America will leverage the powerful data and tools now available to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 75 percent in five years and by 90 percent by 2030. The Centers for AIDS Research, along with the National Institute of Mental Health's AIDS Research Centers, will inform HHS partners in this initiative on best practices, based on state-of-the-art biomedical research findings, and by collecting and disseminating data on the effectiveness of approaches used in this initiative. In September 2019, NIH announced supplemental awards to the CFARs and ARCs to support pilot and formative studies to prepare for more extensive implementation science research proposals expected in 2020.

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Main Areas of Focus


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.

About CFAR


There are 17 Centers for AIDS Research (CFARs) located at academic and research institutions throughout the United States.

CFAR sites


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

Contact CFARs about resources


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.

Our collaborations


CFAR holds an annual meeting.

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