About the CHER Institute

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About the CHER Institute

Building on the lessons learned from the first six years of funding(click to see videos and programing from prior CHER Institutes), the CHER Institute has been expanded to include not only the virtual six-day summer institute and webinar series but also two extended mentoring programs, CHER Scholars and CHER Champions.

As the CHER Institute is federally funded there is no cost to participants for any component of the CHER Institute. Participation does require signing a contract to participate in program evaluation including pretest and follow up surveys for five years after the completion of Institute activities.

Eligibility Criteria for CHER Fellows, Scholars and Champions

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (required by NIH for this R25 funding mechanism)

  • Tenure/Tenure-track faculty member status at an eligible institution (individuals from non-MSIs may apply, but priority will be given to those from MSIs)

  • Ability to serve as a Principal Investigator at an institution that is eligible to receive federal research funding

  • Completion of a terminal research degree or medical residency (whichever date is later) within the past 10 years (excludes CHER Champions)

  • No previous NIH funding as the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01 or career development award (K award)

Graphic of the components of the CHER Institute

CHER Summer Institute

CHER Summer Institute 2025 will be held virtually June 2-7
Approximately from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pacific Daylight time 

The virtual Summer CHER Institute is comprised of seminars, small group science chats, mentoring activities, and networking sessions, held over Zoom with participants around the United States. The CHER Institute is designed to increase the number of early career faculty members who are better prepared to become NIH principal investigators in the field of community-engaged biomedical research; with basic, clinical, or behavioral outcomes to eliminate health disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations. Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of health equity research targeting vulnerable ethnic minority populations developed by CHER Institute participants.

Required: To be selected for the program, the applicant must demonstrate that they:

  • Are committed to community-engaged biomedical research with basic, clinical, or behavioral outcomes to eliminate health disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations
  • Are able to construct a two-page research prospectus for conducting community-based biomedical research to enhance health equity among underrepresented marginalized populations
  • Have experience conducting research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Are willing to sign a contract agreeing to the time commitments involved with the 6-day CHER Institute, and annual data collection

Preferred: The most competitive applicants will also demonstrate:

  • Experience conducting research in community-engaged biomedical research
  • History of obtaining funding for research (e.g., small or exploratory grants, including state, local, and university grants)
  • Experience conducting research in communities with underrepresented minority populations and high levels of health disparities

2023 CHER Institute Schedule Overview
Click on the image to see an expanded schedule sample!

Seminar topics include:

  • Overview of NIH institutes, the grant application and review process;
  • Components of writing a compelling NIH grant proposal,
  • Selecting the appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative method(s),
  • The basics of experimental designs and bias in experiments;
  • Developing a data analysis plan including power analysis,
  • Building relationships with faculty mentors with a strong history of NIH funding,
  • Addressing barriers and challenges that one may encounter at an MSI for developing and submitting grants to NIH,
  • Practical and ethical research considerations,
  • Tips and strategies to consider for balancing career, professional development, and life’s journey, and
  • Strategies for inclusion of URM in research recruitment in biomedical research

Deliverables for the CHER Institute

Institute Preparation

  • Submit Biographical Sketch and photo
  • Media Release form
  • Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement
  • Complete Pre-Institute Assessment
  • Review Videos on Grant Development
  • Submit Literature Review
  • Submit Draft of Professional Development Plan
  • Submit Draft of Specific Aims

During the Institute

  • Complete daily online surveys
  • Finalize Professional Development Plan
  • Develop Specific Aims Page
  • Develop Methods for each Specific Aim
  • Present on Specific Aims, Lessons Learned and Nex Steps

After the Institute

  • Complete Post Assessment
  • Completion of CHER Institute Annual Survey and submission of CV for up to 5 years post Institute participation

CHER Scholars

As part of the Extended Mentoring Program, CHER Scholars will receive 6-12 months of support and guidance from an assigned mentor. The program will foster project-based learning experiences. Scholars will continue to work on either their Institute related proposal development and/or a manuscript utilizing their preliminary data or a secondary data set. Those working on a manuscript will do so with the aim of having published work to support their developing grant proposal.

In addition to the general CHER Institute eligibility requirements, the following are the required and preferred criteria for the CHER Scholars.

Required: To be selected for the program, the applicant must demonstrate that they:

  • Have completed the 6-day CHER Institute and submitted all deliverables
  • Are willing to sign a contract agreeing to the time commitments involved with the 12-month extended mentoring and annual data collection

Preferred: The most competitive applicants will also demonstrate:

  • Ability to utilize mentor feedback to make improvements on their proposal
  • Demonstrate engagement and active participation during the CHER Institute

  • Submit signed contract
  • Submit a completed full draft of either a grant proposal or manuscript by the end of the 12-month program.
  • Participate in the CHER Institute Webinar Series (4/year)
  • Submit mentoring sessions reports and progress reports
  • Completion of CHER Institute Annual Survey and submission of CV for up to 5 years post Scholars participation

CHER Champions

As part of the Writing Retreat, in Spring, CHER Champions will receive support for research to support course buyout, including salary for protected time to conduct research; pilot data expenses; and/or student research assistant. Guidance will be provided for each champion by an assigned CHER Institute faculty mentor.

In addition to the general CHER Institute eligibility requirements the following are the required and preferred criteria for the CHER Champions.

Required: To be selected for the program, the applicant must demonstrate that they:

  • Have completed the 6-day 2024 CHER Institute Track 2 or CHER Institute 2017-2023 and submitted all deliverables
  • Are willing to sign a contract agreeing to the time commitments involved with the 6-month writing retreat and annual data collection

Preferred: The most competitive applicant:

  • Will have a well-developed research proposal focused on health equity that has potential for submission or resubmission to an identified funding source. The proposal shall include achievable aims, a methods section (appropriate and feasible protocol), and should include a projected plan for dissemination of findings, and next steps.
  • Demonstrated ability during the CHER Institute  to utilize mentor feedback to make improvements to their proposal
  • Will have preliminary data, published works, and/or a well-established literature review on the proposed grant topic

  • Submit signed contract
  • Complete pre-writing retreat survey
  • Submit report after each meeting with mentor
  • Participate in the CHER Institute Webinar Series —Optional
  • Submit proposal to the CHER Institute leadership team and mentors for a mock review
  • Complete post-writing retreat survey
  • Submit a new (AO) proposal or a resubmission (A1) for submission to NIH within six months of participating in the Writing Retreat
  • Completion of CHER Institute Annual Survey and submission of CV for up to 5 years post Champion participation

Webinar Series

The CHER Institute will be hosting webinars 4 times a year for research training and professional development. Please check back to see the webinar schedule. Click here to view the topics presented at the CHER Institute webinars from 2017-2022.

2022-23 Webinars

Thursday, Mar 21st 2024
10 - 11 AM PDT

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Ph.D.

Professor of Preventative Medicine
Associate Dean for Community Initiative
Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
Phone: 323-442-8231
E-mail: baezcond@usc.edu
https://keck.usc.edu/faculty-search/lourdes-baezconde-garbanati/

Avoid the disappearing act:  The importance of and strategies to consider for project or intervention sustainability.

 

Objectives – participants will gain knowledge on…

  • What is sustainability in research project design
  • What are key areas of sustainability
  • What are examples of research project sustainability

Who should register:

College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

To learn more, contact CHER here:  CSULB-CHER@csulb.edu

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Thursday, Feb 22nd 2024
10 - 11 AM PST

 

Dr. Fernando Wagner

Professor and Methodologist
School of Social Work – University of Maryland
Fernando.wagner@ssw.umaryland.edu
https://www.ssw.umaryland.edu/content/people/name-628185-en.html

 

I can’t stop thinking of you:  Tips for handling missing data from research

Objectives -participants will gain knowledge on…

  • Why are missing data important?
  • What are the types of missing data?
  • What are reasons data can go missing?
  • Ways to address missing data?

Who should register:

College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

To learn more, contact CHER here:  CSULB-CHER@csulb.edu

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Thursday, Nov 9th 2023
10 - 11 AM PST

Dr. Robin Miller

Dr. Robin Miller

Professor, Ecological-Community Psychology, and
Area Director, Ecological-Community Doctoral Program
Assistant Director, Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation
Michigan State University

Learning objectives: upon completion of this webinar the learner will gain information on

  • Barriers & challenges to proposing qualitative approaches seeking NIH-level funding
  • Strategies for making a compelling case for use of qualitative approaches
  • Pros and cons for use of qualitative approaches for conducting biomedical research

Who should register: College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

To learn more, contact CHER here:  CSULB-CHER @csulb.edu

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Thursday, Oct 12th 2023
10 - 11 AM PDT

 

Dr. Roland A. Owens

Acting Principal Deputy Director, Office of Intramural Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Learning objectives: upon completion of this webinar the learner will

  • Gain a better understanding of investigator program opportunities within the NIH
  • Learn what are the criteria, what makes a strong application, and receive information useful for future applications
  • Understand the benefits of being part of these programs

Who should register: College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

To learn more, contact CHER here: CSULB-CHER @csulb.edu

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Thursday, Apr 20th 2023
10 - 11 AM PDT

Dr. David Pollio

Scientific Review Officer
Social and Community Influences Across the Lifecourse (SCIL) Review Branch
Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health

Website: https://public.csr.nih.gov/AboutCSR/StaffDirectory/3202

Learning Objectives — Upon completion of this webinar the learner will have:

  • Gain a better understanding of how NIH applications are evaluated
  • Learn what really impresses reviewers and apply that knowledge to your future applications
  • Understand the benefits of serving as a reviewer

Who should register: College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Wednesday, Apr 5th 2023
10 - 11 AM PDT

Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine

Website: https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/6500/fortenberry-james

Learning Objectives — Upon completion of this webinar the learner will have:

  • Increased knowledge on the importance of randomized trials for NIH level funded studies;
  • Increased knowledge for transparency reporting; and
  • Recommendations for consolidated standards of reporting trials

Who should register: College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

Online Registration has closed for this event.

Thursday, Dec 8th 2022
10 - 11 AM PST

Dr. Daniel Sarpong

Senior Research Scientist and Executive Director, Office of Health Equity Research

General Internal Medicine, Yale University

Website: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/daniel_sarpong/

  • Learning Objectives —Upon completion of this webinar the learner will have increased knowledge on:What is clinical and translational research;
  • What to consider including in the data analysis section of a NIH grant proposal;
  • The importance of linking theoretical concepts to the analyses.

Who should register: College or University faculty, particularly new researchers and those at minority-serving institutions, intending to submit an application for funds to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct health equity research.

Online Registration has closed for this event.

 


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The CHER team is here to help you with any questions you may have about the institute and application process. When emailing please Cc: CSULB-CHER@csulb.edu to facilitate quick response if the preferred team member is not available.

For general, application and eligibility questions please contact:
Evaluation and Data Coordinator, Dr. Wendy Nomura : Wendy.Nomura@csulb.edu

For information on Contracts or other agreements please contact:
Program Coordinator Ms. Carol Canjura: Carol.Canjura@csulb.edu