The Center for AIDS Research helps researchers by organizing core facilities that provide expert services, assays, and advice that are not readily available to individual laboratories. There are currently eight cores.

Administrative Core: provides strategic planning and support for CFAR activities and programs.

Clinical & Behavioral Research Core: facilitates investigations of HIV infection and disease pathogenesis that require the use of human specimens.

Design & Analysis Core: provides study design, data management, and statistical analysis assistance and services. 

Developmental Core: funds pilot projects to help new investigators enter the HIV field, as well as collaborative research proposals involving experienced investigators.

Immunology Core: provides flow cytometric expertise and services as well as immunological assays.

International Research Core: assists with collaborative projects at international institutions.

Virology Core: provides comprehensive virologic tests and services relevant to HIV research.