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Applying to the Institute

2022 Application Cycle Closed

July 11-18, 2022: Online or In-Person Summer Program (NYC)
July 2023 (Dates TBD): Online or In-Person Summer Program (NYC)
* Our hope is to offer in-person training for Summer 2022. However, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer hybrid (virtual) formats for those who are unable to attend in person. Any in-person training activities will be in compliance with New York State, New York City, and Fordham University policies on COVID-19 safety.

RETI GroupFordham University Center for Ethics Education, New York City
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Celia B. Fisher, Director

The Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) offers ethics training and a $30,000 small grant award to conduct a mentored research project (MRP) that will contribute to evidence-based HIV and drug abuse research ethics policies and procedures. RETI fellows make a 2-year commitment that includes two in-person summer programs in 2022 and 2023 including fully funded travel, lodging, and meals.

The Institute (the RETI) is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of experts in HIV/Drug abuse research and research ethics. In addition, the RETI creates and maintains an ongoing information platform and collaborative network with current and former Institute Fellows fostering research, grant proposals, and publications to sustain advancements in national and international HIV and drug abuse research ethics practices and policies. The Institute is directed by Celia B. Fisher, PhD, internationally recognized expert in evidence-based research ethics policy and practice.

Institute Fellows:

  • Gain expertise in national and international HIV and drug abuse research ethics issues
  • Acquire community engagement skills to enhance the population and cultural sensitivity of the mentored research project.
  • Receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback for their funded project
  • Obtain continuous assistance in publishing, presenting, and writing grant proposals

Mentored Research Project (MRP)

  • During the 2022 summer institute, fellows receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback on the design of their mentored research project.
  • Fellows receive a grant of up to $30,000 for the MRP upon project approval.
  • MRP data collection is expected to be completed during Year 1 and presented during the 2023 summer institute.
  • Findings submitted for publication, presentation or as pilot data with publication and grant writing workshops offered during Year 2.


Applicants must have: (a) a medical or doctoral degree in social, behavioral, public health or related fields, (b) demonstrated scholarship in HIV and drug abuse prevention research; (c) must be early career; and (d) meet requirements to apply for NIH funding, but have not yet received an R01 (Career Development K awards are acceptable). Special attention will be given to those applicants whose proposed research ethics plan includes drug-using populations. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review NIH HIV/AIDS Research Priorities when proposing research topics.