Application for the 2021 CHER Institute, June 7-12

Before completing this application, be sure you have reviewed the detailed Institute description HERE.

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) will host the upcoming CHER Institute June 7-12, 2021. The CHER Institute provides educational and mentoring experiences to enhance the readiness of early career faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to conduct community-based, social and health behavior research to achieve health equity among racial and ethnic minority populations, and to increase the number of scientists from MSIs represented among National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigators.

The CHER Institute is composed of:

  • An online, six-day, intensive research training and mentoring experience during the week of June 7-12, 2021
  • Ongoing webinars designed to support the research training experiences

Fifteen early career faculty members will be selected through a competitive process to attend the Institute in 2021. The Institute will be focused on theory-based, culturally-informed methods for effective community engagement in health equity research with the purpose of each participating trainee developing a Specific Aims page for an NIH research proposal.

The following activities will be conducted through the CHER Institute:

  1. Provide an overview of the NIH and its Institutes;
  2. Support a broad understanding of the components and the process required for submitting an NIH grant application;
  3. Instill the importance of adhering to responsible conduct of research principles;
  4. Enhance early career scientists’ knowledge on methods and analyses used in conducting community-based, social and health behavior research to eliminate health disparities among racial/ethnic minority groups;
  5. Provide educational experiences for developing a strong Specific Aims section for NIH grant applications;
  6. Ensure participants create a 3-year professional career development plan; and
  7. Provide mentoring and networking opportunities to support early career scientists beyond the six-day training program.
Applicant Information
Home Institution
Required Files
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Details

The online application asks you to upload a current CV. Before you begin the application, prepare your CV, which should include the following information:

  • Graduate or professional schools attended, including institution name, location, years attended, major discipline(s) studied and degree received
  • Postgraduate training, including institution name, location, years attended, major discipline(s) studied and degree received
  • Previous employment, including job title, years worked in the position and type of work performed
  • Honors and awards, including scholarships
  • Publications
  • Conference presentations
  • List of grant current and past proposals, which include title, PI name, start date, end date, funding agency, direct cost of award, and role on the grant (see examples below)

1. R21 DA12345 (PI: Jane Smith, Ph.D.)
9/01/09-8/31/14
NIH/NIDA
STI/ HIV and Substance Use Prevention in Latino communities
$250,000 direct/yrs 1-2
Role: Co-Investigator

2. Innovative Grant Award (PI: John Doe, Ph.D.)
6/1/09 – 5/31/10
UCSF Intramural Award
Understanding adolescent risk behavior in the context of neighborhood
$20,000 direct/yr 1
Role: Principal Investigator

3. M.A.C. Fund (PI: Jane Doe, Ph.D.)
8/1/08 – 7/31/09
Research Grant
Emotional regulation and the impact on risk behaviors
$75,000 direct/yr
Role: Principal Investigator

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Describe the research program you hope to be doing for the next five years. Include the following:

  • Title
  • Overall goal of your program of research
  • Significance of the research, including its theoretical foundations
  • Your previous work relevant to this area, including a brief summary of your community-based work, its impact on social and health behavior research, and inclusion of minority communities.
  • How you see your participation in the CHER Institute fitting into your research program and your attainment of long-term goals.
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Details

Your research methods experience should be structured into parts A and B, according to the following instructions:

a. Please describe your previous training with quantitative research methods, software and analysis.

b. Please describe your previous training with qualitative research methods, software and analysis.

Please limit each section to no more than a single page.

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Demographic Information
NIH, the sponsor of our program, requires us to report summary statistics on the gender, ethnicity, and race of program cohorts. We therefore request that you respond to the questions below. The information is reported to NIH only in summary form. If, however, you do not wish to provide it, there is no penalty for not supplying this information.
Are you Hispanic or Latino? The term Hispanic or Latino means a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
NIH also requires us to ask for demographic information regarding "disability status,” defined as “having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” Do you consider yourself to have a disability that matches the NIH definition?
NIH also requires us to ask for demographic information regarding "disadvantaged background" defined as "individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and/or who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career." Do you consider yourself to come from a disadvantaged background?