Who is eligible?

The Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities program is designed for scientists and investigators who have not yet obtained R01 funding from the NIH or equivalent funding from another agency. We seek scientists conducting theory-driven, culturally specific social and behavioral HIV prevention research with diverse, underserved (e.g., racial and ethnic minority) communities. Please review the following administrative and program criteria.

1. Administrative criteria

To be eligible for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be affiliated with an institution that is eligible to receive federal money.
  • Be eligible to be a Principal Investigator at their home institution.
  • Not have received funding as the Principal Investigator of a funded NIH R01 grant.
  • Not have delinquent student loans.

If you have a K Award from NIH, or have a proposal for a K Award under review, please talk with us about it prior to preparing your application for this program. Although having a K award does not make you ineligible to participate, a K award may provide full-time support for your research training and career development, so we need to address concerns about receiving a temporary summer faculty appointment at UCSF from this program while you have a K award. 

2. Program criteria

To be selected for the program, the applicant must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to social and behavioral HIV research or related research topics (e.g., the intersection of substance use and sexual risk).
  • Experience conducting research and publishing scientific manuscripts.
  • History of obtaining funding for research (e.g., small or exploratory grants, including state, local, intramural, and university grants).
  • Preferred: The most competitive applicants and their applications will also demonstrate:
    • Experience conducting research in one or more of the following areas: substance use, mental health, and structural factors affecting health.
    • Experience conducting research that engages communities in focusing on populations with high levels of health disparities.

Please continue on to the next page: Application Requirements