VA Implementation Research Institute (IRI) Fellowship Program

Apr 16,2019 | Consortium_staff Fellowships

The Implementation Research Institute is an exciting learning collaborative of implementation researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

This unique interdisciplinary training program aims to help researchers launch a research career in implementation science in mental health. The IRI provides experiential learning, didactic training, faculty mentoring, and support for grant writing—all focused on helping participants shape a research project for competitive external funding.

What is the IRI?

The IRI was established to advance the field of implementation science in mental health by enhancing the career development of investigators new to this field. Implementation research is the study of processes for integrating empirically supported

treatments (ESTs) into usual care and holds high promise for reducing the gap from treatment discovery to community practice. IRI Fellows will join a learning collaborative of implementation researchers for two years, spending one week each summer at a week-long institute at the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) at Washington University in St. Louis, and receiving individualized mentoring to help them shape a research agenda in implementation science and prepare a competitive research grant proposal.

Who should apply?

Applications are invited from ambitious VA PhD or MD investigators, with demonstrated experience and enthusiasm in the study of mental health services, who wish to conduct ground-breaking research in the area of implementation science. IRI seeks to support one to two VA-funded fellows to add to their 2019-2010 cohort. IRI will support a cohort of

participants who seek expert mentoring and collaboration to advance their research capacity in areas referenced by NIH PARs on “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (PAR18-007).”

Deadline for applications is April 25.

For additional details and to apply, view the fellowship posting.