Developmental Core Director: Michael Keefer, M.D. 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. Stimulating New HIV/AIDS Research The Developmental Core directly funds pilot 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 27 pilot awards in excess of $600,000, which yielded a 10:1 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 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.