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Developmental Grants

Designed to mentor and support early stage investigators and new ideas in pandemic prevention research, PREPARE currently offers two exciting Developmental Grant opportunities:

Developmental Grants in HIV/MPX

This opportunity is offered in collaboration with the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (SD CFAR). Early stage investigators with faculty appointments at an SD CFAR member institution are invited to apply. A maximum of two awards at $50,000 each will support one-year projects on MPX in the context of HIV risk, prevention, transmission, and/or treatment. 

Developmental Grants in Pandemic Prevention Research

This opportunity is available to early stage investigators with faculty appointments at UC San Diego or any PREPARE partner institution. A maximum of two awards at $50,000 each will support one-year projects in basic, clinical, translational, or behavioral aspects of emerging pathogens with active or potential pandemic escalation.

  • See details below.
  • Apply via InfoReady Review.
  • The submission deadline is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

About PREPARE Institute Developmental Grants

The PREPARE Institute Developmental Grant program is designed to mentor and support early stage investigators and new ideas in pandemic prevention research. Applications are accepted annually from early stage investigators who hold a doctoral degree and a minimum Assistant Professor academic appointment. All applicants must be PREPARE faculty at UC San Diego or a partner institution (J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, or Scripps Research). The maximum amount that can be requested for a Developmental Grant is $50,000 for pre-R01 early stage investigators. 

Working with a Mentor

Early stage investigators must identify a mentor prior to submission of the proposal and for the duration of the project if funded. Mentors assist in preparing the proposal, and if funded, advise on conduct and publication of the study. Mentors need not be experts in pandemic prevention research but should have received their own NIH R01 or equivalent funding and have familiarity with submitting and managing NIH grants. 

As of 2022, several questions are included in the Developmental Grant application to confirm that applicants have a strong relationship with their mentors. Additionally, mentors' qualifications will be evaluated during the review process to ensure they can support the applicants. Allow time to work with your mentor on preparing your application.

Finding a Mentor

PREPARE is happy to help with identifying a mentor. Please contact us to let us know more about your proposed work.


  • Developmental Grants cannot support clinical trials, nor can they support any studies involving new drugs, new treatments, new devices, or off-label use of a licensed drug.
  • Developmental Grants cannot fund travel to scientific meetings. The only exception is that pre-R01 early stage investigators may include travel to a scientific meeting to present the results of their PREPARE Developmental Grants.
  • Applicants may submit only one Developmental Grant application per cycle.
  • Overspending on the award is not allowed and must be repaid.
  • Postdoctoral fellows may not apply for Developmental Grants, and these grants may not be used to provide salaries for postdoctoral fellows.

More Information

Visit the links below for full details on applying for and managing PREPARE Institute Developmental Grants.