Implementation Research Institute (IRI)

NIMH and VA funded training institute invites applications

If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of implementation researchers, we invite you to apply to the Implementation Research Institute (IRI). Funded by a five year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this unique interdisciplinary training program will help you launch a research career in implementation science. The IRI will provide experiential learning, didactic training, faculty mentoring, and support for pilot research and grant writing—all focused on helping participants shape an implementation 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 participants 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? We invite applications from ambitious PhD/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. Our 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” PAR-10-038.html. Topics include, but are not limited to, the “uptake” or spread of evidence-based treatments for specific disorders, the implementation of mental health interventions in novel settings, or organizational or policy issues associated with implementation (e.g. cost, legislative initiatives, federal, state, or local policies, organizational climate, provider training).

IRI benefits. IRI Fellows will be appointed each year for two-year terms. They will join a scholarly network of peer Fellows and IRI faculty with expertise in implementation science. Each Fellow will receive:

  • One week on-site training in June 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis (travel funds to/from their home institution and St. Louis each June provided).
  • Travel support to an annual research conference on implementation science selected by the IRI leaders (e.g., the NIH conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation). Fellows entering the IRI in June 2013 will attend one conference sometime after the June 2013 Institute and a second conference after June 2014.
  • Bimonthly, long-distance, mentoring with an expert implementation researcher associated with this Institute to help craft a competitive research proposal in mental health implementation research. Travel funds to support each Fellow’s visit, up to 5-days, to the site of a funded implementation research project, relevant to their research interests. Pilot project funding for each Fellow’s mentored study of real-world implementation, to shape preliminary studies for their grant application.
Candidates should have:
  • Graduated from medical school or hold a Ph.D. from such fields as social work, psychology, health services, nursing, anthropology, public health, or management.
  • Demonstrated interest in implementation research in mental health.
  • Prior or concurrent experience relevant to implementation research such as evidence-based intervention development and/or testing, or mental health services research.
  • Prior experience writing a grant for external federal funding, i.e. an NIH F31, R03, R34/R21, K award or R01 application (prior/current external funding preferred).
  • A home institution with an on-site mentor who can support the Fellow in grant writing and scholarly publication.
  • Access to a clinic or service setting willing to serve as a pilot site for the Fellow’s implementation research.
  • The ability and commitment to benefit from all aspects of the IRI.
Application Deadlines for the 2013 cohort should be submitted electronically between November 05, 2012 and February 04, 2013.

For more detailed information and application instructions, visit http://cmhsr.wustl.edu/Training/IRI/Pages/ImplementationResearchTraining.aspx or contact iri@brownschool.wustl.edu.