CIRA is now a recognized hub for training, career development and mentorship of diverse scholars through historic and recent growth of national/international training programs. In 1999, CIRA established the NIMH-supported T32 Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program for postdoctoral and predoctoral fellows. A third renewal was awarded in 2009, taking the fellowship through to 2014. Over the years this program has enrolled 52 trainees from multiple disciplines, including many from underrepresented backgrounds.
We have made additional progress towards achieving greater diversity by providing intensive support for the development of diversity supplements and, particularly, through the R25 Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS). REIDS entails an unprecedented network of interdisciplinary scientists focusing on community-based and implementation research drawn from across the Center, the Yale School of Nursing, Institute for Community Research, and Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (at UConn).
CIRA also provides infrastructural support to three affiliated international training programs in HIV prevention research that are managed by the Office of International Training. Since 2001 our affiliated scientists have trained 205 fellows spanning the US, China, Russia, South Africa, India, Nicaragua, and other African countries.
Our training programs and trainees are an exceptional resource for generating new research products and collaborations, with 810 peer-reviewed publications and 133 funded grants since inception.