What to prepare for your application

1. Curriculum Vitae (MS Word or Adobe PDF format)

2. Research Program, Specific Aims, and Pilot Study

3. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Experience

4. Research Time Availability Plan

 

1. Curriculum Vitae (MS Word or Adobe PDF format):

The online application asks you to upload a current CV. Before you begin the application, prepare your CV, which should include the following information:

  • Graduate or professional schools attended, including institution name, location, years attended, major discipline(s) studied and degree received
  • Postgraduate training, including institution name, location, years attended, major discipline(s) studied and degree received
  • Previous employment, including job title, years worked in the position and type of work performed
  • Honors and awards, including scholarships
  • Publications
  • Conference presentations
  • List of grant current and past proposals, which include title, PI name, start date, end date, funding agency, direct cost of award, and role on the grant (see examples below)

1. R21 DA12345 (PI: Jane Smith, Ph.D.)
9/01/09-8/31/14
NIH/NIDA
STI/ HIV and Substance Use Prevention in Latino communities
$250,000 direct/yrs 1-2
Role: Co-Investigator

2. Innovative Grant Award (PI: John Doe, Ph.D.)
6/1/09 – 5/31/10
UCSF Intramural Award
Understanding adolescent risk behavior in the context of neighborhood
$20,000 direct/yr 1
Role: Principal Investigator

3. M.A.C. Fund (PI: Jane Doe, Ph.D.)
8/1/08 – 7/31/09
Research Grant
Emotional regulation and the impact on risk behaviors
$75,000 direct/yr
Role: Principal Investigator

2. Research Program, Specific Aims, and Pilot Study:

a. Program of Research

The online application will ask you to describe the research program you hope to be doing for the next five years. You will be asked to copy and paste the statement into a text box. There is a 10,000-character limit, including references. (10,000 characters, including spaces, is approximately 1,500 words. In Microsoft Word, Word Count will tell you the number of characters in your document). 

You will be asked to include the following in your Program of Research:

    • Title
    • Overall goal of your program of research
    • Significance of the research, including its theoretical foundations
    • Your previous work relevant to this area, including a brief summary of your work with HIV (or a related area such as reproductive health) and minority communities.
    • How do you see participating in the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities fitting into your research program and attainment of long-term goals?

b. Specific Aims for an NIH grant proposal

If accepted to the program, you will develop a NIH grant proposal the first summer, and the online application will ask you for a Specific Aims page for this NIH grant proposal. Include a tentative project title, as well as descriptions of the significance, proposed activities, sample(s) and methods, and relevance to public health of the study. Limit the Specific Aims to one page. You may include a second page for references. You will upload the document to the online application.

This part of the online application will also ask you to explain how the proposal relates to one or more of the high priority topics identified by the NIH Office on AIDS Research, which may be found at NOT-OD-15-137. We suggest a response of 3-4 sentences. Additionally, the application also asks you, if applicable, to describe how your research addresses the priorities of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and/or the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). For information about these priorities, visit the NIDA webpage and the NICHD webpage.

In this part of the online application, you have the option to identify the NIH grant mechanism (e.g., R03, R21, R34, R01) for which you would apply, and also a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) suitable for the proposed grant. Filling in these fields is optional. For information about FOA’s, see this NIH webpage.

c. Describe a pilot study to be completed with funds from the program

If accepted to the program, you will be provided with $20,000 to conduct a pilot study. The findings from the pilot study will serve as preliminary data for the NIH grant proposal that you developed. The online application will ask you to describe the pilot study that you would conduct with these funds. Include a tentative project title, as well as descriptions of the issue, significance, proposed activities (including the target population, sample size, and data collection methods), primary research question(s), data analysis methods, what you anticipate learning from the pilot study data and how the data collected will inform the NIH grant proposal. Limit the description of the pilot study to one page. You will upload the document to the online application.

3. Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Experience:

Your research methods experience should be structured into parts A and B, according to the following instructions:

a. Please describe your previous training with quantitative research methods, software and analysis. (2,000 character limit, approximately 250 words).

b. Please describe your previous training with qualitative research methods, software and analysis. (2,000 character limit, approximately 250 words)

4. Research Time Availability Plan:

As noted above, one of the program requirements is that the applicant will devote a minimum of 25% time to research, including completion of the CAPS pilot study, during the three-year program. Please describe below the steps you will take to ensure adequate time to complete the pilot study and NIH grant proposal by the end of the three-year program. Please describe specific features of your plan (e.g., departmental support for release time from one or more classes). Your plan should be consistent with details included in the letter of support from your home institution. (2,000 character limit, approximately 250 words)

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