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Developmental Core

The Developmental Core administers the CFAR’s grant programs, conducts mentoring, supports the career development of young investigators, and provides seminars and scientific symposia that create an outstanding scientific and intellectual environment for HIV/AIDS research at URMC.

Core Leadership

Ben MillerBenjamin Miller, Ph.D.
Core Co-Director
P: (585) 275-9805

James KobieJames Kobie, Ph.D.
Associate Core Co-Director
P: (585) 275-6632


Stimulating New HIV/AIDS Research

The Developmental Core directly funds pilot and microgrant awards targeted to: young faculty members; innovative studies with potential for high impact; and multidisciplinary collaborations that span different departments and schools, including projects that leverage unique institutional assets. To date, this Core has funded 52 pilot and microgrant awards in excess of $1.65 million, which yielded a 14:1 return on investment in terms of new grants. Read more about our Pilot Award Program.

Mentoring and Career Development

This Core also provides comprehensive, structured mentoring support for the early career development of young faculty, and a grant pre-review service intended to enhance the quality of extramural grant applications from new investigators. Read more about our career development services.

The Developmental Core also leads the CFAR Junior Faculty Peer Mentoring Program that specifically targets junior faculty working in HIV/AIDS research. The purpose of the group is to support the professional development of investigators interested in studying HIV-related topics through support and feedback from peers, as well as through presentations or discussions focused on career development topics. Read more about our Mentoring Program.

Educational Events and Seminars

This Core also aims to create an outstanding intellectual and scientific environment for HIV/AIDS researchers by supporting seminars, symposia, and a range of training courses and workshops. Read more about educational events and seminars.