Fogarty-IeDEA Mentorship Program (FIMP)

The International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) is an international research consortium established in 2006 by the US 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); the Asia-Pacific; East Africa; Central Africa; West Africa; and Southern Africa. To date, the consortium houses data on over 2 million adults and 200,000 children and adolescents living with HIV. This wealth of data is an excellent resource for training new investigators. In collaboration with the Fogarty International Center (FIC), 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 24-month mentee slots will be open to current and recent FIC D43 trainees, and IeDEA-affiliated investigators, for a total of 12 positions globally.

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 intensive mentoring sessions with scientists affiliated with a Regional Data Center (RDC).
    • During the first year’s intensive mentoring sessions (onsite and/or virtual), 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.
    • During the latter part of the first year and during the second year intensive mentoring sessions (onsite and/or virtual) the focus will be on manuscript development.
  • Receive at least 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 (virtual or in person)
  • 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

Applicant Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Masters 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

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