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Please check the updated IRI website to apply for the Implementation Research Institute fellowship:​


If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of implementation researchers, we invite you to apply to the Implementation Research Institute (IRI). Funded by a five year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research & Development Service, Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), this unique interdisciplinary training program will help you launch a research career in implementation science. The IRI will provide experiential learning, didactic training, faculty mentoring, and support for pilot research and grant writing—all focused on helping participants shape a research project for competitive external funding. 

Who should apply? We invite applications from ambitious PhD/MD investigators, with demonstrated experience and enthusiasm in the study of mental health services, who wish to conduct ground-breaking research in the area of implementation science. Our 2013 IRI will support a cohort of ten participants, who seek expert mentoring and collaboration to advance their research capacity in areas referenced by NIH PARs on “Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health” PAR-10-038.html. Topics include, but are not limited to, the “uptake” or spread of evidence-based treatments for specific disorders, the implementation of mental health interventions in novel settings, or organizational or policy issues associated with implementation (e.g. cost, legislative initiatives, federal, state, or local policies, organizational climate, provider training). 

IRI benefits. Ten IRI Fellows will be appointed each year for two-year terms. They will join a scholarly network of peer Fellows and IRI faculty with expertise in implementation science. Each Fellow will receive:    

  • One week on-site training at Washington University in St. Louis (travel funds to/from their home institution and St. Louis each June provided).
  • Travel support to an annual research conference on implementation science selected by the IRI leaders (e.g., the NIH conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation).  Fellows entering the IRI in June 2013 will attend one conference sometime after the June 2013 Institute and a second conference after June 2014.
  • Bimonthly, long-distance, mentoring with an expert implementation researcher associated with this Institute to help craft a competitive research proposal in mental health implementation research.
  • Travel funds to support each Fellow’s visit, up to 5-days, to the site of a funded implementation research project, relevant to their research interests.
  • Pilot project funding for each Fellow’s mentored study of real-world implementation, to shape preliminary studies for their grant application. 

Candidates should have:   

  • Graduated from medical school or hold a Ph.D. from such fields as social work, psychology, health services, nursing, anthropology, public health, or management.  Mid-level mental health researchers encouraged to apply.
  • Expressed interest in implementation research in mental health.
  • Prior or concurrent experience relevant to implementation research such as evidence-based intervention development and/or testing, or mental health services research.
  • Prior experience writing a grant for external federal funding, i.e. an NIH F31, R03, R34/R21, K award or R01 application (prior/current external funding preferred).
  • A home institution with an on-site mentor who can support of the Fellow’s progress in grant writing and scholarly publication.
  • Access to a clinic or service setting willing to serve as a pilot site for the Fellow’s implementation research.           
  • The ability and commitment to benefit from all aspects of the Implementation Research Training Institute (see above). 

Application process: The IRI is in its last grant year so we will not be open for new applications in 2014.

Recommendation forms: Recommendation forms can be downloaded here.

Enola Proctor
Director of Administration

Phone: (314) 935-6660

Submit applications to:
Implementation Research Training Institute
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1093
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Fax: (314) 935-7508 or iri@brownschoo

Implementation Research Institute (IRI) Core Faculty:
Enola Proctor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, IRI Director
John Landsverk, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), IRI Co-Director
Gregory Aarons, University of California- San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)
Ross Brownson, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
Charles Glisson, Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center, University of Tennessee
Brian MittmanVA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support