NIH Office of AIDS Research Workshop for Early Career Investigators in HIV/AIDS
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR), in conjunction with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) that have HIV/AIDS research budgets, is hosting the Workshop for Early Career Investigators in HIV/AIDS, and invited students, postdocs, and new investigators to attend. Registration is now closed. Due to the high demand, we will hold a second workshop during the fall. The date will be announced in late August.
The purpose of the workshop is to:
- Stimulate scientific exchange, networking, and collaboration among the next generation of HIV Investigators.
- Facilitate interactions between fellow investigators, mentors, and NIH program staff.
- Enhance skills and knowledge for career development and to identify funding opportunities.
- Increase familiarity about the NIH review and funding processes and about the NIH OAR and the NIH HIV/AIDS research program.
Investigators participating in the workshop will:
- Gain knowledge about HIV/AIDS research across NIH.
- Ask questions to mentors and gain general knowledge about resources available to support their career milestones.
- Provide a platform to disseminate information and receive constructive feedback from junior investigators and experienced mentors on research opportunities.
- Share information about HIV funding opportunities and the overall NIH grant application processes.
- Contribute to enhanced diversity and research capacity in the HIV/AIDS field to achieve the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE).
Who is encouraged to attend?
NIH OAR invites Early Career Investigators to register for this free virtual workshop.
- Early Career Investigators are defined as scientists within ten years from their terminal degree who are in the process of applying for an independent grant; those who have applied but have not yet been successful; and recently awarded grantees (within two years).
- Undergraduate and graduate students are also encouraged to attend, to learn early on about the professional path of an NIH-funded researcher.
More about NIH OAR’s Support of Early Career Investigators
NIH OAR continues efforts to build human resource and infrastructure capacity to enhance sustainability of HIV research discovery and the implementation of findings by a diverse and multidisciplinary workforce as stated in Goal 4 of the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research. The Plan provides a roadmap for the NIH HIV/AIDS research program, ensuring that funds are allocated in accordance with the NIH HIV scientific research priorities.
To advance these goals, NIH OAR conducted multiple stakeholder events and gathered comprehensive input (2020 NIH OAR HIV Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Report) on how to improve outreach to the next generation of HIV investigators and effectively address training and capacity-building programs. In response to the significant input received, NIH OAR developed an HIV early career investigator page to centralize relevant information for investigators and provide easy access to grant opportunities, basic information, and other resources, such as training and capacity building programs.
NIH OAR continues to host consultations with HIV/AIDS senior scientists and mentors to stimulate grant funding opportunities at the NIH level, and work with the ICOs to create more opportunities for junior investigators in the field.
This workshop is the first in a series to provide new investigators a “live” opportunity to meet NIH staff, ask questions, and network.
Presentations from this session are available by emailing OARinfo@nih.gov.