Developmental Core The overarching goal of the Einstein/Rockefeller/Hunter CFAR (ERC-CFAR) Developmental Core is to support the career development of early stage investigators (ESIs) through an effective mentoring process coupled with a peer-reviewed Catalytic grants program and ongoing support for their scientific growth via participation in programs specifically tailored for ESIs. The objectives of the ERC-CFAR Developmental core are centered on mentoring ESIs, catalyzing trans-institutional collaborative AIDS research in the ERC-CFAR, supporting Scientific Working Group (SWG) efforts to catalyze research in their topic areas, facilitating scientific communication among ERC-CFAR investigators and enhancing international HIV/AIDS research. Specifically the Core: Provides individually tailored mentoring to ESIs and facilitates their development into independently funded researchers by pairing ESIs with established investigators (EIs), by providing both individual and group-level mentoring to help them develop NIH K- or R- type grants and by assisting senior level ESIs with transition to an R01 funding. Supports ESIs engaged in AIDS research in the ERC-CFAR via catalytic and micro grants, which will also be used to promote trans- institutional collaborations and to support SWG priorities. Stimulates intra- and trans-institutional, collaborative AIDS research at the participating institutions by awarding joint catalytic grants and proactively recruits non-AIDS EIs engaged in cutting edge research into AIDS research. Facilitates scientific communication among ERC-CFAR investigators by organizing a bi-weekly Trans-institutional ERC-CFAR research seminar series and the biweekly Clinical AIDS Grand Rounds series both of which are simulcast to all three institutions, ERC-CFAR Invited Speaker Seminars, Annual ERC-CFAR Scientific Retreats to foster scientific interaction. Promotes AIDS Research in the ERC-CFAR via integration with other Einstein programs such as WIHS, the AIDS T32 program and African HIV/AIDS research programs. Facilitates and mentors ESIs in conducting community participatory and behavioral AIDS research via collaboration with the Behavioral Science Core. For further information or to access the Developmental Core services, please contact Drs. Prasad or Cunningham.