ARI is a national mentoring program to help new investigators achieve their first R01 (or equivalent) funding and assume the responsibilities of independent scientists. The program seeks to increase the number of independent investigators conducting translational, interventions, and services research in mental health and aging. These aims contribute to ARI’s overarching mission to reduce the burden of mental disorders in late life.
The program targets new investigators who are ready to submit grant applications for independent research funding (e.g., NIH R01 funding). Typically, ARI Scholars are midway through a mentored career development award or have demonstrated equivalent achievements. Scholars usually participate in the program for two years.
The ARI program augments Scholars’ existing resources with:
ARI matches each Scholar with a mentor selected from a national pool of senior investigators. The ARI Mentor provides ongoing consultation to the Scholar on research grant applications and career development.
ARI’s annual 3-day spring retreat focuses specifically on each Scholar’s research application. Attendees include the ARI Scholars, ARI mentors, several senior statisticians, NIH program officers, and other experts. Scholars present their proposed research and receive feedback in daily group and one-on-one sessions with program faculty.
ARI offers Scholars the opportunity to schedule web-based follow-up presentations of research plans to small, targeted groups of mentors and consultants.
ARI provides numerous opportunities for Scholars to obtain technical consultation from senior scientific experts through one-on-one contact, including travel to their home institutions and labs.
Applications for ARI 2021 are due November 2, 2020.
ARI is committed to recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
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- ARI participants are 1.9 times more likely to achieve R01 funding than comparable nonparticipants.
- 80.7% of ARI participants have obtained federal grants
- 45.4% have achieved an NIH R01
90/119 (75.6%) have received an academic promotion, including 36 who are now full professors.
The majority (76/119; 63.9%) reported evidence of scientific leadership through mentoring early-career research faculty and postdocs or serving on NIH study sections.