In addition to the summer training program, fellows also receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback on a proposal for an original study that empirically examines a key ethical issue related to the fellow’s area of HIV research. Fellows will receive a small grant of up to $18,000 for an approved mentored research project proposal. Data collection is expected to be completed at the end of year 1 and findings submitted for publication, presentations or as pilot data for a grant in year 2. Mentored projects can be designed as a supplement to a current research investigation or as a stand-alone pilot project, and all projects must include some form of participant/community involvement appropriate to the study.
The role of the primary research mentor is to guide the fellow in designing and collecting preliminary data for presentation at professional meetings and publication if appropriate, and to help the fellow incorporate this pilot data into a supplemental grant for an existing HIV prevention study, as part of a new grant focused on HIV prevention, or an independent grant on HIV research ethics.
During the summer institute, fellows are introduced to a wide range of qualitative and quantitative strategies for empirically examining ethical issues in HIV prevention research. Below are some examples of potential mentored research project study topics. For additional examples of empirical research ethics articles, please view the selected bibliography on www.hivpreventionresearchethics.org
- Assessment and enhancement of participant consent capacity and culturally sensitive and respectful consent practices involving individuals with or at risk for HIV
- Development and evaluation of voluntary recruitment strategies involving (a) children and adolescent when guardian protections are questionable or unavailable, (b) prisoners and parolees, and (c) women in communities with high levels of gender inequities
- Influences on recruitment and HIV risk behaviors of monetary incentives, respondent driven sampling, and provision of HIV testing and health care in resource poor communities
- Stakeholder perspectives on and consequences of decisions regarding confidentiality and disclosure in research involving serodiscordant couples, stigmatized populations (MSM), those at legal risk (drug users, sex workers), and the effect of human rights policies in countries in which research is conducted
To view abstracts of current fellows' mentored research projects, please view our RETI Fellows page.
- Development and evaluation of strategies for ethical engagement of participants, communities, and community research workers