2021 Call for Applications
We are now accepting applications for 2021. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5pm Eastern Time. The MMRTP Retreat will be held in the Summer of 2021.
Scholars’ skill and experience level
We recognize that a major issue in providing advanced training in mixed methods is assessing the level of Scholars in terms of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods, in proposing mixed methods applications, in submitting mixed methods manuscripts, and in terms of the suitability of mixed methods to the research question and program of the Scholar. The table below provides a general conceptual framework for learner levels and needs at each level in mixed methods research. We strive to address the training needs and strategies to increase the level of each Scholar (e.g., to move from “learner” to “investigator” and possibly on to “consultant”). The skill level of a Scholar and the level of their career may be related but must be considered separately in evaluating each Scholar. We are striving to tailor the training to the needs and level of the Scholar through a combination of seminars and individual mentoring and consulting. Take a look at the biographical sketches of the scholars on the web site to gain an appreciation of the breadth of career levels and topics represented.
Scholars’ career level
This program will encourage early- and mid-career faculty to be independent investigators in research related to health employing mixed methods. Some participants will meet NIH’s criteria as new investigators, defined as an individual who has “not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.” Prior NIH funding by small or exploratory grants (e.g., R03, R21) or mentored career development awards (e.g., K01, K23) are not only permitted but are key indicators of an applicant’s potential success. This program targets applicants who have evidence of their potential for conducting R01/R34 quality research in health, becoming scientific leaders in their field, and benefiting from program participation.
We want to be open to experienced investigators (i.e., investigators who have successfully applied for R01 funding) because some investigators may have reached a point in their research where they realize that to answer important questions and to increase the impact of their research on public health they need to bring mixed methods to bear. We will admit investigators with more experience on a case-by-case basis, recognizing that we value the experience of investigators who have mainly trained in one methodological framework (‘qualitative’ or ‘quantitative’).
State and large city health departments increasingly have research and evaluation specialists who oversee the work of internal or externally contracted researchers. Academic institutions typically do not include these partners in training opportunities, but we have found that mixing non-academic and academic researchers in training courses can benefit both groups, stimulate further research partnerships and improve the quality of the research. By including those who might commission mixed methods research to better understand successes and failures in health department policies and programs, we create not only additional capacity for such research, but additional opportunities to develop that capacity.
Table. Conceptual framework for learner needs in mixed methods research.
Mixed Methods Learner
Mixed Methods Investigator
Mixed Methods Methodologist / Consultant