Racial and ethnic diversity among HIV researchers is at a low and undesirable level. The Fostering Diversity in HIV Research Program is supported by the National Institutes of Health (R25MH119857) and designed to help overcome some of the barriers underrepresented in medicine/public health (URM) trainees face, thus advancing their careers and enriching scientific discovery. The program provides structured mentoring from faculty at Mass General Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to create an environment welcoming for URM trainees and supportive of rigorous research. It involves formal didactics and community of practice events (once each month), as well as high quality mentoring tailored to each individual trainee and their stage of training. Funding is available to support research, as well as enable conference attendance, travel (if needed), and open source manuscript publication. Program participation is expected for at least one year, but is encouraged to last as long as desired by the trainee.
Trainee research will address the following key areas of the HIV continuum of care both domestically and globally: