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Program Overview:

If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers, we invite you to apply to our new program entitled: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC). Funded by a five year grant from the National Cancer Institute, this unique educational program is positioned to build capacity in D&I research in cancer prevention and control. The MT-DIRC is the first of its kind for post-doctoral scholars (fellows)—primarily individuals in early careers who want to pursue D&I research in cancer. This program will place strong emphasis on mentoring, applying competencies and curriculum specifically focused on cancer disparities, and working with a diverse set of partners. In keeping with lessons from the NIH TIDIRH, the NIMH-funded IRI, and KT training from Canada, our on-site training will balance didactic presentations and dialogue, utilizing formal learning with informal interactions. Time will be included for one-to-one interactions between fellows and faculty as well as small group discussions that allow fellows to learn from each other and develop a network. Following on-site training, fellows will engage in ongoing mentoring relationships and networking activities.

What is the MT-DIRC?

The MT-DIRC is a week-long summer training program on D&I research. Each year, the institute accepts a new cohort of fellows with the final cohort accepted in 2017. Fellows begin the program by attending the summer institute in St. Louis during June of the year of their initial acceptance. After their initial attendance at the summer institute, fellows are paired up with a faculty member for ongoing mentoring during the academic year. Fellows then attend a second summer institute the following June and will continue with a final year of mentoring. The total length of the program is 2 years.

When is the next MT-DIRC?

The 2017 cohort will be enrolled in the program from June 2017- May 2019. Their attendance at the summer institute will be June 5th-9th 2017 and again in June 4th-8th 2018.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from doctorally-trained individuals (e.g. PhDs, MDs, DrPH) who wish to focus on D&I research in the areas of the cancer continuum (prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship, etc.). MT-DIRC Fellows should be early career researchers (within five years of conferral of their doctorate).  We will also accept applications from a smaller number of mid-career scholars who want to pursue D&I research. Diverse scholars from a range of disciplines (PhDs, MDs, social scientists, psychologists), institutions, and geography are encouraged to apply. Non-U.S. researchers are also welcome.

What are the benefits of MT-DIRC?

MT-DIRC fellows will be appointed for two-year terms. They will join a scholarly network of peer fellows and MT-DIRC faculty with expertise in D&I science, build their own expertise, and increase scholarly output in D & I science. Each fellow will receive:

  • One week on-site training at Washington University in St. Louis (travel funds to/from their home institution each June provided). Fellows will attend the institute twice, once during their initial year of the program and again the following year.
  • Monthly, long-distance, mentoring with an expert D & I researcher who serves as faculty with the MT-DIRC Program to help craft a competitive research proposal in D & I research in cancer prevention and control
  • Networking with other fellows and faculty to produce scholarly products
  • Pilot project funding for each fellow’s mentored study of real-world implementation, to shape preliminary studies for his/her grant application

Candidates should have:

  • Graduated from medical school or hold a Ph.D. from such fields as public health, social work, anthropology, sociology, or psychology
  • Expressed interest in D&I research in cancer
  • Prior or concurrent experience relevant to D&I research such as intervention development and/or testing to address cancer or study of organizational factors in delivery of cancer services, including research on cancer disparities
  • Prior experience writing/co-writing an NIH proposal or one to another federal agency or foundation
  • An appointment in a home institution with an on-site mentor supportive of the fellow’s progress in grant writing and scholarly publication in the area of D&I research

Application Process:

The 2017 Cohort was the final cohort for MT-DIRC’s current grant cycle. At this time there are no plans for an immediate renewal. For other D&I training opportunities, please check out the Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH). More information can be found here: