The Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI)
offers ethics training and financial support for a mentored research project that will contribute to evidenced-based research ethics practices. The broad aims of the RETI are to: (1) provide fellows with the knowledge and skills to identify, address, and study key ethical issues in HIV prevention research in drug using and other at-risk populations; and (2) create and maintain an ongoing information and collaborative research network fostering grant proposals, research, publications, and pedagogical materials to sustain advancements in national and international HIV research ethics practices and policies.
RETI 2-Year Summer Program
RETI fellows are expected to make a 2-year commitment beginning with an intensive 10-day summer program conducted by our interdisciplinary faculty of experts
in HIV and drug use research ethics. The summer institute offers lectures, discussions, skill-based exercises and mentoring for fellows to: (a) gain knowledge of ethical issues such as recruitment, confidentiality and informed consent in HIV research among drug using and other at-risk populations; (b) acquire skills to empirically examine research ethics challenges; and (c) develop a proposal for a mentored research project. The following summer, fellows will give formal presentations on their mentored research projects and receive intensive guidance in writing for publication, presentation and future funding. Fellows will receive support for travel, lodging, and meals for both summer institutes.
Mentored Research Project (MRP)
During the first summer institute, fellows receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback on their proposed study. Fellows receive a small grant of up to $18,000 for the MRP upon project approval. Data collection is expected to be completed during year 1 and findings submitted for publication or as pilot data for an NIH grant in year two.
Applicants must have: (a) a doctoral, medical or equivalent degree in social, behavioral, medical, public health or related fields, (b) demonstrated scholarship in HIV prevention research; (c) 6 years or less post-doctoral experience; and (d) meet requirements to apply for NIH funding. Special attention will be given to those applicants whose proposed research ethics plan includes drug using populations.
(1) An online application form, an official transcript from your last completed degree, and a current curriculum vitae.
(2) A 300-word description of your HIV research training and scholarship (i.e. publications, funding presentations), experience working with drug using populations, and immediate and long-term research and career goals.
(3) A 150-word statement describing your interest and relevant training or experience in research ethics generally and HIV and/or drug use research ethics specifically.
(4) A 150-word preliminary description of the mentored HIV prevention research ethics study you would like to conduct, including a description of the proposed participant demographics (Current MRP abstracts are available on the RETI Fellows webpage)
(5) 2 letters of recommendation, including 1 from a senior member of your current institution indicating the institution’s endorsement of your 2 year participation in the project.
Both letters should address evidence of the candidate's experience in and ability to independently design and implement a research project at standards suitable for peer review journals and potential NIH funding.
Complete applications must be received by March 8, 2013. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 12, 2013.
For more information about the RETI, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org