Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program

  • Now accepting applications for the Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program.
  • Application deadline: November 13, 2020
  • Applicants selected for participation and their mentors will receive official notification of acceptance by November 16, 2020

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Funded by: The National Institutes of Health

Program Co-Directors:Funded by: Jennifer D. Peck, PhD and Sara K. Vesely, PhD

Contact Information:Program Co-Directors: ;

What is the goal of the TPIR Trainee Program?Website:

The OSCTR TPIR trainee program is a unique ten month (November 2020-August 2021) education and mentoring program for practicing healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and basic scientists. It offers a broad and practical curriculum for understanding clinical research methods, research collaborations, and statistical analysis. The goal of the TPIR trainee program is to produce a group of clinicians and scientists who have the ability to translate their clinical observations and ideas for improving practice into practical and feasible research projects.


What is included in the TPIR Trainee Program?

The TPIR program consists of four components: 1) 1 day in-person/Virtual workshop Thursday December 10th, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2) 8 online education modules 3) scheduled conference calls with TPIR faculty, 4) 1 day in-person/Virtual workshop Thursday May 20th, 2021 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and 5) a mentored research project. By applying for the TPIR program, you agree to participate in all five components of the program, if accepted.


Who should apply?

The following people are encouraged to apply: 1) healthcare professionals who are interested in conducting clinical research and learning research methods, 2) clinical investigators who are interested in studying practical clinical issues, 3) basic scientists who are interested in learning the fundamental basis for clinical translational research, and 4) community health professionals who are working in a research environment and seeking training in clinical research methods and study design. Applicants must be US Residents who work in NIH IDeA states. Priority will be given to applicants in the OSCTR regions and Tribal employees and Tribal serving organization employees


How many trainees will be selected?

Up to 10 trainees will be accepted in 2020. There is no fee for the TPIR program. Support will be provided for travel and hotel accommodations for both 1 day in-person/virtual workshops for only those who live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and wish to attend in person..

Timeline Application Deadline November 13, 2020 Trainees Notified November 16, 2020. 1-Day In-person/Virtual Workshop, Thursday December 10, 2020. Online Modules/Conference Calls November 2020 – August 2020. 1-Day In-person Workshop, Thursday May 20, 2021.


Program Specifics

Online-education Modules

Mentored Research Project

1-Day In-person/Virtual Workshop, Thursday December 10, 2020

1-Day In-person/Virtual Workshop, Thursday May 20, 2021

Online-education Modules

  • There will be 8 required online video stream lectures available between November and April 2020. There are also 8 supplemental/optional online video stream lectures. We will have 8 phone calls to discuss the modules and progress on your mentored research project with one of the TPIR Co-Directors. The online module topics will focus on analysis of medical literature, creating a good research question, epidemiological study designs, the vocabulary of biostatistics, data collection and database development, quantitative methods, and ethical issues and human subject protection.


    Mentored Research Project

    Participants will be matched with a methodological mentor who will provide assistance with their research project. Mentoring with a TPIR faculty mentor will include at least 5 meetings/phone calls and continue through August 2021, with the goal of translating the trainee’s protocol into an active, feasible project.


    1-Day In-person/Virtual Workshop, Thursday December 10, 2020

    The workshop will be an introduction to the TPIR program, the participants, and the faculty. The workshop will include didactic sessions on mentorship and collaborating with a biostatistician. Each participant will present a 7-10-minute powerpoint presentation on their research idea. You will also have an opportunity to meet with your methodological mentor.


    1-Day In-person/Virtual Workshop, Thursday May 20, 2021

    The workshop will focus on the foundation, methodologies, and application of patient-oriented clinical research. The workshop will include didactic sessions on grant development and writing, funding opportunities, and campus resources. Participants will further develop their own proposed patient-oriented clinical research projects, refining and revising their plans through interaction with faculty and their peers. Each participant will present a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation on their research question and proposal. Participants will participate in a focus group to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the TPIR program. This focus group will serve as both an evaluation of the program and a demonstration of qualitative research for the participants.


Applications must be completed and submitted by November 13, 2020. Awardees will be notified by November 16, 2020.