Please note, the current funding mechanism for IS-2 supports three cohorts, which have been selected.

We are currently looking into additional funding opportunities/mechanisms to continue the training effort.

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Eligibility Criteria

We encourage a diverse set of individuals from a range of disciplines (e.g., PhDs, MDs, social scientists, psychologists), institutions, and geographies to apply. Scholars should be early-career to mid-career researchers who want to pursue D&I research in chronic disease prevention and control. Applicants should be in a full-time faculty position (or equivalent in a health system or non-governmental organization). Some slots will be reserved for scholars holding K-awards at the time of application.

In the current application cycle, all applications should include a focus on advancing health equity through D&I research. In addition, we are primarily interested in applications that address prevention and control of obesity, diabetes or cancer through D&I research.

If you have questions about your eligibility, we strongly encourage you to contact Shelly Johnston (

Participation in this program requires:

  • Attendance at annual Institutes in Spring 2023 and 2024 and supplemental virtual sessions. Institutes will be held in person (St. Louis) or virtually, depending on public health conditions.
  • Full time appointment at a home institution with an on-site mentor supportive of the scholar’s progress in grant writing and publications in the area of D&I research (this training program does not provide salary support).
  • Prior experience writing/co-writing a grant for external federal funding or comparable funding (e.g., NIH, other government agencies, or a foundation)
  • Existing partnership with a health department, clinic, service, and/or policy setting that can serve as site or setting for the scholar’s D&I research.

Have questions about the IS-2 program or application process? Review our FAQ page or Contact Us.