Frequently Asked Questions

FIMP Orientation Webinar 2021

What is covered by the FIMP program?

  • Access to regional IeDEA data; housing, per diem and travel to participate in in-person mentoring activities at the RDCs, as appropriate; remote mentoring; data management and analytics support; housing, per diem and travel to one local or regional meeting, as appropriate.
  • Salary is not supported by this program.

Who develops the research question for the concept required by the application?

  • The initial research question should be developed by the applicant and their D43 mentor. In the case of an IeDEA investigator, the question should be developed by the applicant and the designated site or RDC investigator.

What data are available to address the question?

  • The available data are outlined in the Condensed IeDEA Data Exchange Standard. As data are pulled from clinical programs, some data elements have a significant quantity of missing values. Regions may have enhanced data sets with additional data beyond that described in the IeDEA Data Exchange Standard. Please contact the IeDEA region to which you are applying for additional information about their available data.
  • Who supervises the mentee?
  • Current D43 mentees will continue to be primarily supported by their D43 mentor. The IeDEA RDC will provide supervision related to the IeDEA-related analyses. D43 and IeDEA mentors will work closely together.
  • Supervision of past D43 mentees and mentorship of IeDEA-affiliated investigators will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Does my project need IRB approval?

  • Each IeDEA region has IRB approval from all participating programs and institutions to conduct retrospective analyses on their data. A separate IRB approval will not be required for your project unless you are collecting prospective data that are not already being collected by the region.
  • Data transfer agreements may be required by the IeDEA regions.

Can I have access to the data collection forms?

  • IeDEA regions house routinely collected data in their databases as such each clinic/program utilizes different forms to collect their data so it is not possible to provide the candidates with all of the data collection forms utilized. The Condensed IeDEA Data Exchange Standard Document provides information on the variables collected within the IeDEA regions and is the best source for information for concept development.