Introduction: The International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) Collaboration is an international research consortium established in 2006 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to provide a rich resource for globally diverse HIV/AIDS data. The consortium consists of seven global regions: North America (NA-ACCORD); the Caribbean, Central and South America (CCASAnet); Asia-Pacific; East Africa; Central Africa; West Africa; and Southern Africa. To date, the consortium houses data on nearly 1.5 million adults and 150,000 children and adolescents living with HIV. This wealth of data is an excellent resource for training new investigators. In collaboration with Fogarty, six IeDEA regions working in low- and middle-income countries have created training opportunities under the Fogarty IeDEA Mentorship Program (FIMP). Within each region, two 18-month mentee slots will be open to current and recent Fogarty International Center (FIC) D43 trainees, and IeDEA affiliated investigators, for a total of 12 positions globally.
Applications Open: September 16, 2019
Applications Close: November 4, 2019
Description of the Program: The FIMP is designed to help trainees develop skills in study design, data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of research involving large HIV clinical databases generated within IeDEA. As part of the FIMP, mentees will:
- Have access to IeDEA regional data for analyses that are conducted under the supervision of their respective IeDEA regions.
- Participate in a minimum of two, 1-2 -week intensive mentoring sessions with at least one session being onsite at a Regional Data Center (RDC).
- During the first in-person session, mentees will initiate their project and receive one-on-one mentoring from implementation scientists/epidemiologists, data managers, biostatisticians, and other analysts, as appropriate to their project.
- The second in-person mentoring session will occur between 9 and 12 months after project initiation and will focus on manuscript development.
- Receive biweekly mentoring through the duration of the program via e-mail, and video and teleconferencing.
- Receive support to attend at least one local or regional scientific meeting. Attend at least one local or regional scientific meeting.
- Receive the data management and analytic support through the RDC needed to produce one abstract, one submitted manuscript, and potentially a second draft manuscript during the mentoring period.
Salary support during this period will not be available through this mechanism.
Per Candidate Anticipated Program Deliverables:
- One submitted meeting abstract
- One submitted manuscript
- Potential for one additional draft manuscript
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related biomedical or computational field
- Prior experience in the area of HIV
- A current or former D43 trainee or IeDEA-affiliated regional investigator
- Current D43 trainees will be prioritized
- A basic understanding of and skills in epidemiology, data management and analysis
- Citizen of a low or middle income country