The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use and HIV is now recruiting the next cohort of scholars. 

This NIDA-R25 funded, two-year supplemental training program, based at The Miriam Hospital and Brown University, is designed to prepare participants for NIH-funded research careers in the field.  Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and exceptional predoctoral candidates from all institutions are welcome to apply.

The program aims to provide participants with the following:

  • A solid educational foundation for clinical research including research methodology and scientific writing skills through program-sponsored short workshops and other formal educational courses;
  • Supplemental education on issues unique to CJ populations including the ethics and practice of conducting research in criminal justice settings; barriers to optimal treatment outcomes in this population; innovative research strategies to control the HIV and HCV epidemics among CJ populations; and relevant community and implementation science research methods and strategies;
  • A mentored research experience including funds for pilot projects (up to $15,000) that will offer participants the opportunity to develop interventions and preliminary datasets appropriate for future NIH grants and/or conduct secondary analyses of existing datasets, as well as to disseminate their findings at national meetings and through the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Ongoing mentored research support and collaborative learning experiences by convening research-in-progress seminars to integrate the research experience.

This training program does not provide direct stipends nor salary support for participants. Resources are available to support: participation in educational opportunities including associated travel, room, and board; pilot projects; and attendance at relevant conferences and scientific meetings. 

The program is led by an experienced team of clinical investigators from Lifespan/Brown University who collectively have several decades of experience conducting research related to substance use, HIV, and associated co-morbidities among criminal justice populations both locally and across the nation.

Program Eligibility: 
Early career research scientists from the US and Puerto Rico will be enrolled in the training program. Junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and exceptional predoctoral candidates are welcome to apply.

Application Process: 
All applicants must provide: a current CV; personal statement detailing experience, career goals, and research interests specific to this training program; and two letters of recommendation. Application materials are available at: The application deadline for the next cohort is June 1, 2019.

The Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Program on Substance Use and HIV
Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R25DA037190)
Principal Investigator: Curt G. Beckwith, MD