This award is intended for junior faculty who meet the criteria for Early Stage Investigator, as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm). Note, those who have received substantial NIH research awards, such as being a PI on an R01, P01, or U01, are not Early Stage Investigators, according to NIH criteria. A list of NIH grants that a PI can hold and still be considered an Early Stage Investigator can be found at: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/list-smaller-grants.htm.
In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Hold an MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent degree at time of award
- Be within 5 years of a faculty appointment in association with a research institution in Canada or the United States at the time of application
- Have a strong career interest in HIV
- Have a research mentor with extensive experience in the field of HIV
- Be able to devote at least 50% of professional time to research (versus administrative, patient care, or teaching responsibilities)
- Be able to complete the proposed research within the 2-year award period, providing evidence (manuscript, presentation, or abstracts) for future research projects.
An applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States or subject to the qualifications noted below hold a temporary non-immigrant visa/work permit . This visa must be valid for that allows the applicant to undertake the research over the two-year award period from Canada or the United States. This non-immigrant visa/work permit must be valid for the two-year award period or applicant must be able to establish that he or she is eligible for an extension, renewal or other status that will enable the applicant to perform the research in the applicable jurisdiction for the entirety of the two-year award period.