Junior Investigators Program

The Institute for Rural Health Research Junior Investigators Program is an annual seminar series designed to enhance the research knowledge and skills of aspiring investigators at The University of Alabama. Launched in 2001, the IRHR Junior Investigators Program provides an opportunity for talented junior faculty engaged in research to learn more about grant writing, and to receive guidance in conducting and managing research projects.

Each year, a faculty member is selected from his or her representative college or school and inducted into the program. Participating academic divisions include the College of Community Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, Capstone College of Nursing, College of Communication and Information Sciences, and the School of Social Work. Participants meet six times during the academic year at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa Campus. With IRHR staff and Senior Investigators, experienced grant writers research collaborators, program participants discuss relevant issues in grant writing and receive practical tips about the grant application and management processes. Participants also work closely with Institute researchers to prepare and submit grant applications of their own.

In an effort to further promote academic research and foster research interactions, the IRHR Junior Investigators Program recently expanded to include medical students, and future programs may include medical residents.