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The application is due Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:00 am Pacific Time

We are accepting applications for the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities (also known as the Visiting Professor Program) at the University of California, San Francisco. This year we are particularly interested in scholars who are working on the areas of high-priority AIDS research of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of AIDS Research (DAR).

This program is designed to assist investigators interested in conducting HIV-related research with U.S. ethnic minority communities to strengthen the investigators’ programs of research and obtain NIH funding. Scientists in the program have access to the expertise of a team of mentors who are successful at conducting NIH-funded research in minority communities. Program participants will also receive $20,000 to support acquiring research skills, analyzing data, and other activities that facilitate the completion of an R-level grant.

Holding the program virtually during the Covid-19 crisis

Because of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, we held the summer program remotely in 2020, with all sessions being conducted by videoconference. UCSF has advised that to maximize safety we should expect to work remotely through June 2021, so we will not be able to host the Summer 2021 program in person. Instead, we will use videoconferencing to host the program virtually. We continue to provide salary support to participants, but it will be reduced because participants will not need to cover the cost of living in San Francisco.

We asked participants about their experience with the remote program in 2020, and here are a few responses:

We were able to manage the complexity of being in the VP program amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and still find some balance. The feedback received during the research planning seminars was still incredibly robust. I am grateful that we were able to make progress on our research milestones even during the pandemic.

The workload was still able to be done; the sessions continued to be very informative, rich, and meaningful, and the relationships still felt very unique and genuine. It was amazing that CAPS was able to hold the space in the same way as when we would meet in person-- at least in terms of how invested and devoted everyone was to the program's goals.

Zoom worked well and I appreciated how the Zoom link for each meeting was in the calendar. I also appreciated the breaks in between sessions because Zoom fatigue is real.

We look forward to returning to an in-person program format as soon as it is safe to do so, with participants spending six weeks in San Francisco and receiving salary support for living expenses and round-trip airfare to San Francisco.

A history of success in grant funding

Since 1997, the program has provided training, mentoring, and technical assistance to 77 Visiting Professors from universities in the continental US and Puerto Rico. To date, program participants have received 105 multi-year awards from NIH, including 45 R01 awards, and another 36 awards from CDC, HRSA, NSF or SAMHSA. From all sources, Visiting Professors have been awarded over $250 million in grant funding. Program participants have also made a vast scientific impact, generating over 1,600 articles.

For more information, please see our page of program details, our summer program seminars, and a list of previous participants.

The application for the Summer 2021 Visiting Professor program is now open. We invite you to visit our application pages, beginning with information about who is eligible for the program