Who is eligible?

The Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities program is designed for scientists and investigators who have not yet obtained R01 funding from the NIH or equivalent funding from another agency. We seek scientists conducting theory-driven, culturally specific social and behavioral HIV prevention research with diverse, underserved (e.g., racial and ethnic minority) communities. Please review the following administrative and program criteria.

1. Administrative Criteria

To be eligible for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be affiliated with an institution which is eligible to receive federal money.
  • Be eligible to be a Principal Investigator at their home institution.
  • Not have received funding as the Principal Investigator of a funded NIH R01 grant.
  • Not have delinquent student loans.
  • Not be the current recipient of an NIH training award (e.g., NIH K award). (If you are thinking of obtaining a K during your time in the program, please talk with us about it.)

2. Program Criteria

Required: To be selected for the program, the applicant must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to social and behavioral HIV research or related research topics (e.g., sexual and reproductive health; the intersection of substance use and sexual risk).
  • Experience conducting research and publishing scientific manuscripts.
  • History of obtaining funding for research (e.g., small or exploratory grants, including state, local, and university grants).

Preferred: The most competitive applicants and their applications will also demonstrate:

  • Experience conducting research in one or more of the following areas: HIV, substance use, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and structural factors affecting health.
  • Experience conducting research in communities and with community-based organizations focusing on populations with high levels of health disparities (e.g., racial and ethnic minority communities, communities with a high proportion of disadvantaged or disabled persons).

Please continue on to the next page: Requirements