The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities aims to provide participants with the following: A solid educational foundation for clinical research including research methodology and scientific writing skills.

Supplemental education on issues unique to justice-involved populations including the ethics and practice of conducting research in criminal justice settings; the epidemiology and treatment of HIV, substance abuse disorders, and associated comorbidities including HCV in justice-involved populations; barriers to optimal treatment outcomes in this population; innovative research strategies including the Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain (STTR) strategy to control the HIV and HCV epidemics among justice-involved populations; and relevant community and implementation science research methods and strategies.

A mentored research experience including funds for pilot projects (up to $15,000) that will offer participants the opportunity to develop interventions and preliminary datasets appropriate for future NIH grants and/or conduct secondary analyses of existing datasets, as well as to disseminate their findings at national meetings and through the peer-reviewed literature. Ongoing mentored research support and collaborative learning experiences by convening research-in-progress seminars to review data collection, analyses, dissemination efforts and to provide technical grant writing assistance that integrates the research experience.

This training program does not provide direct stipends nor salary support for participants. Resources are available to support: participation in educational opportunities including associated travel, room, and board; pilot projects; and attendance at relevant conferences and scientific meetings.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Five early-career research scientists from the United States and Puerto Rico will be enrolled in the training program annually. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and exceptional predoctoral candidates are welcome to apply. The program is limited to U.S. citizens.

APPLICATION PROCESS: For more information or to inquire about applying, please contact Our new online application portal will launch soon.

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