Emory- Nigeria HIV Research Training (EN-RTP) Programme Announcement of First Year Mentored Research Award

On 24/Jul/2019 / In Training/Workshop/Conference

Application open date: Monday 15th July, 2019

Application expiry date: Midnight of Saturday August 30th, 2019


The Emory- Nigeria HIV Research Training (EN-RTP) Programme is a collaborative mentored research and training programme between Emory University and three partnering institutions in Nigeria: Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), University of Lagos, and AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN).

The aim of the EN-RTP collaboration is to enhance human capacity development in the area of research and mentorship, laboratory skills acquisition and improvement of research infrastructure in Nigeria.

The focus is on women’s health given that women account for about 50% of the 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide, and in many sub-Saharan African countries including Nigeria, ~2 out of every 3 HIV infected adults are women, with young women up to 8 times more likely to acquire HIV than similarly aged men.

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The thematic focus is on HIV health issues relevant to women as this aligns with the priority of Fogarty International Centre to strengthen scientific research capacity in a broad range of areas including HIV research among the vulnerable and under-researched populations

EN-RTP Scholars

EN-RTP will support (salary, stipend, and tuition) diverse categories of researchers. These includes:

  1. Long-term training for individuals who are currently in doctorate (PhD) and Master’s degree programs who are interested in carrying out cutting edge research related to health issues in women living with HIV.
  2. Medium-term training (6 months) for non-degree courses lasting about six months.
  3. Short-term training (3 months) for researchers who seek opportunity to improve or acquire certain skills.

Eligibility Requirements:

Each candidate must be:

  1. Long Term
  • A registered postgraduate student at University of Lagos, or NIMR affiliated university.
  • Junior faculty at University of Lagos or junior researchers in NIMR who is interested in developing a career in HIV and women’s health.
  1. Medium Term
  • Junior scientists from the University of Lagos or NIMR who seek to upgrade their skills in advanced laboratory techniques and research methodology.
  1. Short Term
  • Academic members at the University of Lagos or NIMR who desire to update knowledge on research training and ethics.

If you meet all eligibility requirements and interested in applying, please see application instructions  below.

The application requires the following components:

  1. Applications must be completed in English language.
  2. Applicants should submit the following materials as part of the application package:
  • Application Title Page
  • Abstract – 500 words maximum. Provide an abstract of the entire application (candidate, interest in the program and career goals, and research plan).

Personal statement (1-page maximum on why you are applying to the program, what you hope to gain from the program and your long-term career goals). In addition, the applicant should indicate the degree of effort they will commit to the EN-RTP (must be at least 50% effort) and how they will spend whatever remaining effort that is not committed to the EN-RTP. The applicant may also briefly describe who they anticipate would serve as their in-country mentor in Nigeria.  All applicants accepted into the program will have an in-country (Nigerian) mentor and an international mentor (e.g., Emory University faculty member).  The EN-RTP Program Directors and Associate Directors will assist those applicants accepted into the program with assignment of an international mentor.  An international mentor is not required at the time of application.

Brief research concept proposal (4-page maximum) in which the candidate outlines their hypothesis-driven research concept that they propose to pursue during the training period. Proposed projects must be feasible, focused and should be able to be completed within two years. For trainees who will also be pursuing graduate training during the period of EN-RTP support (e.g., PhD or Masters Students), this proposal could serve as the basis of their research thesis for their degree. Applicants to the program are encouraged to meet with the EN-RTP in-country Program Director as they prepare the application.  The brief research proposal should be structured as follows:

  • Significance/Background (1/4 page maximum). Provide a brief description of the problem or issue to be investigated. This Introduction should convey sufficient information to justify the research project. In particular, include a paragraph on how the results of this research may potentially improve HIV women health issues or management in Nigeria and/or globally.
  • Hypothesis. State the specific hypothesis to be tested.   Be sure that this statement is written as a hypothesis.
  • Specific Aims. These are the goals of the research project.  Enumerate the specific aims (1, 2, 3, etc.).  There should be a limited number of specific aims (typically 2-4) for the research project.
  • Approach/Research design (1- 2 page). Describe how the study will be designed and carried out.  For clinical or translational research, please discuss sample size (include sample size calculations).  If this is a pilot study that is not fully powered, please indicate this.  Please briefly describe how the data will be collected and analyzed.  If the project involves human subjects, describe briefly how patient confidentiality and/or consent will be addressed.
  • Budget (1/2 page): The budget must cover the activities for the 1-year time period. The budget may not include salary support, travel, workshop/conference attendance fees, IRB fees, or indirect costs (facilities and administrative costs).
  • Budget justification: The justification must include a detailed explanation for the expenses noted in the budget. Describe the role of each person listed under Personnel.
  • References.  This should employ standard citation methods.

Referenced papers may be numbered and cited by number within the text. References do not count toward the page limit.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (NIH style biosketch is required); see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#biosketch and https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm for form and example, use the General format).
  2. University admission letter and Institutional letter of employment.
  • Letters of Support. Two letters of support are required as part of the EN-RTP application; at least one of which should come from head of department where the candidate is employed (must guarantee that the applicant will have a minimum of 50% protected time to participate in the EN-RTP for didactic and mentored research training,  if accepted into the EN-RTP.  Another letter should come from an in-country mentor or applicant’s supervisor.
  • CITI Investigators training certificate should be attached with the application.

Successful candidates must agree to EN-RTP grants to terms for publication (Must publish in a Pubmed indexed journal and acknowledge the grants)

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted online at www.enrtp.edu.ng

  1. Format
  • Minimum margins are 1 inch on all sides. Use of either Times New roman or Arial font with a font size of at least 11 point.
  • Number pages consecutively at the bottom. Include the applicant’s name at the top right hand corner on all but the cover page.
  1. Evaluation: all applications will be evaluated by the EN-RTP research review committee. Evaluations will be based on: investigator ability, scientific merit, relevance, and potential for generating subsequent funding and publications. All applications must address one of the EN-RTP research themes. Reviewers will provide a written evaluation of the application along with a numerical score (1-5, 1 being the best). The reviews and scores will be taken into consideration in the selection of applications and only those with a score below 3 will be considered. All others will only receive a numerical score.
  2. Reporting Requirements: Selected investigators are required to notify the selection committee in writing of significant changes in the focus of the research, conduct of the research plan, or changes in budgeting plans during the course of the project. An interim progress report is due at 3, 6 and 9 months, to both the review committee and the mentor. The interim progress reports must include a statement on the progress to date, copy of final approval letters (e.g IRB approval), and additional collaborations. Within 30 days of completing the project, the investigator must submit a final report stating preliminary scientific findings, a report of any possible research applications that are built out of the project, and any publications that resulted from the pilot project. The Investigator will be required to give an oral presentation tom the EN-RTP research review committee on the details of their research work and their subsequent findings at the conclusion of the project. It is also anticipated that final presentations will also be delivered at the annual EN-RTP faculty retreat.

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