Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health
Facilitated by the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health, the HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (HIGH IRI) is accepting applications for its third cohort through April 3 at 5 p.m. CST.
HIGH-IRI was originally slated for two cohorts, but has received funding for a third year because of its overwhelming positive reception and contribution to training implementation scientists in North America, Africa, Asia and South America.
Open to early career researchers (PhDs/MDs and equivalent) at post-doctoral or junior faculty level, HIGH-IRI is a training program focused on the intersection between D&I Science and infectious diseases. The institute delivers world-class training and mentorship, and fosters professional connections among an local to international group of like-minded, leading-edge researchers who will magnify each other’s impact.
Last year’s convening of HIGH IRI fellows and faculty for its annual three-day advanced training symposium was a huge success and featured leading implementation scientists from around the world. Cohort members experienced lectures and one-on-one consultations as well as critiques on grant proposals. All attendees agreed that the collaboration and advanced training elements positively affected their work.
Second-year scholar Whitney Irie, PhD, MSW, an assistant professor at Boston College, attended last year’s symposium. She works on HIV prevention strategies for Black women in the U.S., and says that HIGH IRI is definitely a catalyst for Implementation Science (IS) growth. “We learned from fellows and faculty that they want and need more tools to grow efforts in various settings and communities. HIGH-IRI is well equipped to support these efforts. The global growth of IS through HIGH-IRI begins with the training; is advanced through the application (through grant reviews and sharing of current IS research and opportunities), and is sustained through the networks that are formed (mentorship, collaborations).” Read more about the 2022 HIGH IRI training symposium.
Among some of the qualifications to apply to the latest cohort are: an individual development plan with evidence of past training and research, scientific and career goals; and a letter of support from a primary mentor at a home institution and additional letters of recommendation.
Read more specifics about how to apply for the HIGH-IRI cohort by April 3, at 5:00 p.m. CST