The Mid-Atlantic CFAR Consortium (MACC+) Implementation Science Hub at Johns Hopkins University and the inter-CFAR Implementation Science Working Group is in its fifth cohort of the NIH/NIAID-funded training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early-stage investigators (ESIs) engaging in HIV-related research. Since its inaugural class of 2019-2020, the fellowship has engaged 104 fellows in the program. Implementation Science Fellows are selected across the CFAR network, HBCUs and U.S. Universities to participate in a mentorship program, including both didactic, online, and mentored small group training in IS methodology. The applied mentorship focuses on the development of a grant application which incorporates IS methodology and/or training and culminates in a two-day in person grant refinement and networking workshop.
In partnership with the NIMH-funded Sociostructural Implementation Science Coordination Initiative (SISCI) at Northwestern University (PIs Mustanski and Benbow) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), 6 slots will be available in the 2023-2024 cohort for joint training in sociostructural determinants of health (SDoH) and implementation science. The SDoH & IS Fellows will similarly apply to the HIV & IS Fellowship and will be expected to complete all of the requirements of the HIV & IS Fellowship. Additionally, SDoH and IS joint Fellows will attend a kick-off event with their community implementing partner at UAB Social Science and Justice Research (SSJR) in Birmingham, Alabama January 17-19, 2024, and attend the May 2024 culminating meeting one-day early. Joint Fellows will receive a mentor from SSJR and from the HIV & IS Fellowship. Applicants will be asked if they wish to be considered for the joint fellowship and if interested, will be required to complete an additional question about their underlying interest in SDoH. Specific aims for their proposed grant should be relevant to both SDoH and IS. Faculty at SSJR associated with the SDoH & IS Fellowship include Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter, Dr. Dione King, Dr. Laurel Hitchcock, and Dr. Peter Jones.
Applications for the current training cycle are closed. Please check here for updates in August 2024.