HISTP Scholar Dr. Juan DelaCruz receives two awards

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2015 Spring Training Institute

Pilot Funding

The HISTP offers each Fellow funding–up to $20,000 total (i.e., direct + indirect costs)–for a pilot study to be conducted and completed in the Fellow’s first year of the program.

Well-crafted proposals for extramural funding are informed and enhanced by findings from pilot projects that provide preliminary evidence regarding: (1) innovative research ideas, recruitment, retention strategies; (2) theoretical frameworks; (3) innovative approaches that lead to better understanding of dissemination and adoption of evidence-based interventions, especially those designed to better serve communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS; (4) development of innovative or model D&I strategies; and/or (5) feasibility of technologies for D&I, etc.

Conducting a pilot study also provides an investigator with hands-on experience with many aspects of conducting D&I research, including how to cultivate and maintain true collaborative relationships with community-based agencies needing to adopt and deliver evidence-based interventions; measurement development; protocol development; recruitment and retention; data collection and analysis; IRB requirements; identifying and handling adverse events; administrative tasks; and managing/supervising research staff.