Applying to the Institute


Summer Training and Mentored Research Program for Early Career HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Investigators

July 13 – 21, 2017
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education, New York City
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Dr. Celia B. Fisher, Director

The Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute offers ethics training and awards each fellow a small grant to conduct a mentored research project that will contribute to evidence-based HIV and drug abuse research ethics policies and procedures. In addition, the Institute creates and maintains an ongoing information and collaborative research network fostering grant proposals, research, publications, and pedagogical materials to sustain advancements in national and international HIV and drug abuse research ethics practices and policies involving drug using and other vulnerable groups. The Institute is directed by Celia B. Fisher, PhD, internationally recognized expert in evidence-based research ethics policy and practice.

RETI fellows make a 2-year commitment that includes fully funded travel, lodging and meals for participation in summer programs held in 2016 and 2017 conducted by our interdisciplinary faculty of experts in HIV and substance abuse research ethics faculty.

The summer institutes offers lectures, discussions, skill-based exercises and mentoring for fellows to:

    • Gain expertise in national and international HIV and drug abuse research ethics issues including post-trial care, informed consent, culturally sensitive evaluation of research risks and benefit among drug using and other at-risk populations.
    • Acquire skills to draw on stakeholder perspectives to empirically examine research ethics challenges and to design and implement ethics enhancing interventions
    • Receive funding to develop, implement and disseminate findings from their mentored research project.
    • Obtain continuous assistance in writing for publication, presentation and future funding.

Mentored Research Project (MRP)

During the first summer institute, fellows receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback on the design of their mentored research project. Fellows receive a small grant of up to $20,000 for the MRP upon project approval. Data collection is expected to be completed during year 1 and findings submitted for publication, presentation or as pilot data for an NIH grant in year two. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a study that focuses on research ethics aspects of a larger existing research project.


Applicants must have: (a) a medical or doctoral degree awarded between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2015 in social, behavioral, public health or related fields, (b) demonstrated scholarship in HIV and drug abuse prevention research; (c) no more than 10 years post-doctoral experience; and (d) meet requirements to apply for NIH funding. Special attention will be given to those applicants whose proposed research ethics plan includes drug-using populations. International applicants residing outside the U.S. & Canada may apply to the Institute as Santander fellows.


Applications must be received by February 25, 2017. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 15, 2017 subject to availability of funds. Please contact Rimah Jaber at for more information.

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