Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR)


Centers for AIDS Research logoCFAR aims to enhance and coordinate high-quality AIDS research projects through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services.

CFAR’s mission is to support multidisciplinary research aimed at reducing the burden of HIV in the United States and around the globe. The continuing HIV epidemic underscores the need for nationally coordinated and collaborative basic, clinical, epidemiologic, behavioral, and translational research to improve the prevention, detection, treatment, and cure/remission of HIV and its complications/comorbidities.

NICHD co-funds CFAR through its Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch. Other co-funding and participating NIH institutes, centers, and offices include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Cancer Institute; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institute of Mental Health; National Institute on Aging; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research; National Institute of Nursing Research; Office of AIDS Research; and Fogarty International Center.

Currently, CFAR include 19 sites at academic and research institutions throughout the United States.


A key activity for CFAR is emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, especially among basic and clinical investigators and behavioral scientists to support translational research. These collaborations also encourage training and mentoring of young investigators, as well as an inclusion of women and minorities in the research and the workforce.

Visit the Current CFAR-CFAR Collaborations webpage to learn more.

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