NIH’s CFAR program aims to enhance and coordinate high-quality AIDS research projects through core facilities that provide expertise, resources, and services.
The program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between basic and clinical investigators and behavioral scientists to support translational research. It also encourages training and mentoring of young investigators, as well as an inclusion of women and minorities. Existing collaborations include the following:
- CFAR HIV Continuum of Care Working Group (formerly CFAR ECHPP Working Group)
- CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS)
- CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN)
- Inter-CFAR HIV/AIDS Related Malignancy (iCHARM) Working Group
- Inter-CFAR Collaboration on HIV Research in Women
- CFAR Global AIDS Research Consortium (CGARC)
- CFAR HIV/TB Co-Infection Consortium
- CFAR–CFAR Collaboration on HIV in Corrections (CFAR–CHIC)
- CFAR Biostatistics Network
- CFAR Sub-Saharan Africa Working Group
- Inter-CFAR Cytometry Interest Group (CIG)
- Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group
NICHD cofunds CFAR through its Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch. Other cofunding and participating NIH institutes include the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research, 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 of General Medical Sciences, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Fogarty International Center, and Office of AIDS Research.
The mission of the CFAR program is to support multidisciplinary research aimed at reducing the burden of HIV in the United States and around the globe. The continuing spread of HIV 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 infection and its complications/comorbidities. There are 19 CFAR sites located at academic and research institutions throughout the United States.