Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

2017 Call for Applications

    Release Date: January 4, 2017 | Application Deadline: March 08, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


The Program
This call for applications seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The applicant organization will be represented by the teams listed on its application.

Program Goals
The broad goal of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Accordingly, the program will recruit and select applicants represented by teams of three people (“IRL team”): two mid-career researchers and one community member to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will represent the grantee in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; the opportunity to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and fellowship and research funds, so that they may better effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be an organization based in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants should have the administrative and financial capacity and experience to accept the award and to be able to distribute funds consistent with the permitted use of funds described herein, and within the approved budget.
  • Applicants must be represented by a three-person team that will participate in grant activities. Each team must be comprised of three mid-career individuals: two researchers and one community partner. We define “researchers” as people with a terminal degree in their field (e.g., PhD) or extensive research or evaluation experience. The third individual must be a non-researcher “community partner.” We define community partners as individuals with close ties to a community of interest who do not regularly engage in research as a main function of their job; these individuals must have the potential to take action on the issue themselves or have relationships with entities that can take action. There are no strict rules for who is or is not mid-career, but we anticipate that mid-career applicants have approximately five years of high-quality experience and are not within 10 years of retirement.

Key Dates

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m. –Noon ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four leadership programs; recording available here.
Webinar slides are available here.

February 2, 2017 (2-3 p.m. CT / 3-4 p.m. ET)
Informational webinar for prospective Interdisciplinary Research Leaders applicants.
Recording is available here.
Slides are available here.

March 8, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of fellowship applications from teams.

April 19–May 17, 2017
Semifinalist interviews.

Mid-June 2017
Finalist teams notified of recommendation into fellowship program.

July 12, 2017
Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.

September 1, 2017
Fellowships begin. Grant funding initiated for program teams.

October 14-17, 2017
Fall Leadership Institute, Nashville, TN.
Attendance required.

November 2017
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program Meeting, Minneapolis, Minn.
Attendance required.

December 8, 2017
Research proposals from invited teams are due.

March 1, 2018
Research grant funding initiated for teams.

Total Awards

Total awards will be up to $350,000 per grantee organization for the duration of the three-year program. This amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation of all team members for all three years and a research project award. Note that additional resources, in the form of training, collaborative opportunities, and travel expenses, are also provided independent of this award.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 08, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

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