As research evidence grows, so does the demand for implementation and improvement scientists – researchers trained in the study of methods that promote adoption and integration of evidence-based practices into routine healthcare settings. Building institutional capacity for implementation science is a critical component of a continuously improving and learning healthcare system. The Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences (CIIS) is a methodological hub for the scientific evaluation of efforts to improve healthcare delivery within safety-net settings. In order to build institutional capacity in Implementation and Improvement in the absence of formal “Implementation Science” training programs, CIIS now offers an Implementation Science Fellowship (CIIS Fellowship). During the fellowship, CIIS Fellows will:
- Learn theory, qualitative, and quantitative research skills through seminars, formal coursework, and hands-on immersion in IS research projects.
- Lead 1-2 implementation/improvement science projects in their content area of interest
- Lead or participate in other CIIS projects that target specific learning points and methodological skills
- Following fellowship, return to their respective Departments with new skills and become local leaders in Implementation and Improvement Sciences.
- Devote 50-80% FTE during the 2 year fellowship towards training and applied research in implementation and improvement science
Under the mentorship of CIIS Directors Mari-Lynn Drainoni, Ph.D., and Allan Walkey, MD, CIIS Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in specific areas of learning designed to improve their research skills. Following the fellowship, CIIS Fellows are expected to become leaders in Implementation and Improvement Science at BU/BMC.
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS CIIS FELLOWSHIP
Release Date: December
Application due date: Mid January
Applicant Notification Date: End of February
Fellowship Start Date: July
Who Should Apply?
Clinician- or non-clinician scientists (eg., MD, Ph.D.) with a strong interest in a research career that involves Implementation and Improvement Science and a Departmental commitment to their research career development. The CIIS Fellowship is intended to serve as a bridge to a Career Development (K) Award or similar research funding. Applicants are not currently expected to be funded researchers, but to be individuals willing to learn new research skills.
Two groups may apply:
- Post-doctoral fellows (either clinician [e.g., MD, DMD, DO, PharmD, NP, etc.]) or non-clinical [e.g., PhD, DrPH]) supported by a T32 training grant or equivalent, who have a commitment to remain at BU/BMC as junior faculty after fellowship. Post-doctoral fellow applicants will participate as CIIS fellows for a 2-year duration – the first year during their T32, 2nd year during their first year as BU/BMC junior faculty.
- Early-career Faculty (Instructor or Assistant Professor). Early-career faculty members will participate as CIIS fellows for 2 years
Applicants will need to submit a letter co-signed by the Applicant and the Department Chair and/or Section Chief indicating Departmental/Section commitment.
How Much Time is Devoted to the Fellowship?
CIIS fellows will commit between 50-80% FTE. Applicants from the Department of Medicine are required to commit 80% FTE. Applicants in other Departments are required to commit at least 50% FTE. The effort devoted to activities outside of the CIIS Fellowship (including clinical work, administrative work, or other research projects) cannot exceed 50% time, or 20% time for Department of Medicine applicants.
What Funding is Included for the CIIS Fellowship?
CIIS fellows are expected to be individuals to whom a Department/Section has planned to invest in through a substantial commitment to career development. CIIS has funds available to offset the protected time provided by the Department/Section. Because of the wide range of positions of the potential applicants, the shared funding contribution of CIIS will be discussed on an individual basis after reviewing applications.
What is Needed for the Application?
- NIH Biosketch,
- A letter of support from Section Chief and/or Department Chair that outlines:
- Local need for an Implementation Scientist
- (If the applicant is a post-doctoral fellow, T32 awardee), that there is a commitment to retain applicant as faculty after fellowship (co-signed by applicant)
- The total proposed FTE of the applicant devoted to CIIS fellowship and % FTE support that will be provided by the sponsoring Section/Department
- How the applicant will spend non-CIIS Fellowship time (% clinical, administrative, teaching, etc.).
- Completed CIIS Fellowship Application Questions (see below)
- Please describe your plan for career development towards becoming an independent researcher, and how the CIIS Fellowship will play a role in your career development plan (up to 500 words)
- Please describe your proposed Implementation or Improvement research project. Please use the framework provided in Table 1 here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5975262/ to describe (up to 1000 words):
- The care gap or quality gap within the safety net setting to be addressed
- The intervention/treatment/process to be implemented
- Implementation strategy/process
- Your experience with the setting, treatment, and implementation process
- Proposed measurement and analysis plan
- Support for sustaining change
- Please describe your current methodological strengths and the areas you are looking to improve upon with the CIIS Fellowship. (300 words).
- Please describe your thoughts about working on projects outside your subject area of expertise in order to learn methodologic skills. (200 words)
Criteria for Selection
- Plan for career development
- Quality of proposed implementation or improvement research project
- Willingness to learn new methodologic skills outside of the content area of interest
- Department/Section’s commitment to and investment in the applicant’s research career development