Call for Applications: 2014 Research Training Institute

Monday, May 19 – Friday, May 23, 2014

Rochester, NY

Application Deadline: February 7, 2014

Webinar Archive: An informational webinar was held on Monday, December 2 to answer questions about the RTI application process. To view the recording of this webinar, visit:

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Background: Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), is a collaboration between the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence and Suicide at Education Development Center. The ICRC-S is dedicated to the study of public health approaches to suicide prevention. Our goal is to draw suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and link it to complementary approaches to mental health. We emphasize the connections between injury prevention professionals, suicide prevention professionals, and researchers to advance an inclusive approach to suicide prevention. To learn more about the ICRC-S, please visit our website at

One core ICRC-S activity is an annual suicide prevention Research Training Institute (RTI), a five-day series of interactive workshops, presentations, and small group sessions that takes place at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. The objectives of the RTI are to (a) provide both violence and injury prevention professionals and suicide researchers with a shared body of knowledge and skills in suicidology, public health and prevention, and relevant research methodologies; (b) create collaborative links between the injury and violence prevention and suicide research communities so that the perspectives, knowledge, and skills of each inform the work of the other; and (c) develop implementation plans for new research projects that will add to the knowledge base for suicide prevention. To apply for participation in the 2014 RTI, researchers and injury prevention/suicide prevention professionals must develop and submit one joint application that demonstrates their willingness and ability to work as partners to pursue new research projects focusing on public health approaches to suicide prevention.

Examples of collaborative research projects might include:

  • An outcomes evaluation of a suicide prevention program to determine the program’s effectiveness
  • Understanding the role of social media in suicide prevention among rural youth.
  • Effective approaches to reaching unemployed men in the middle years with suicide prevention interventions.
  • Evaluating the utility of a state suicide prevention plan.
  • Developing and piloting a community needs assessment.

For those teams accepted into the RTI, participation in subsequent ICRC-S activities is required. The major follow-up activities are:

1. Implementation of a collaborative research project focusing on the public health approach to suicide prevention and,

2. Participation in a Community of Practice, a technology-based group learning activity, that will focus on sharing your successes and challenges in implementing your research project and learning about the experiences of the other RTI teams as they implement their research projects.

Participation in the Community of Practice will consist of attendance at one 1-hour webinar per month for a period of up to 12 months. Each RTI research team will also make at least one presentation to the group about its research project over the course of the Community of Practice.

Eligibility: Applicants must form teams which include, at a minimum, one state or community injury control/suicide prevention professional and one researcher. The researcher must have an MPH, MD, or PhD degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline and a commitment to developing a research career with a focus on suicide prevention from a public health perspective. A key component of the RTI is to improve collaboration and coordination between injury prevention/suicide professionals and researchers. We recognize that some form of collaboration may already exist between these groups. Thus, eligible applicants include those with existing collaborative relationships that seek enhancement as well as those without established partnerships on which to build.

To accept federal grant support for attendance, applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders.

Funding to support travel, food, and lodging costs is available for two members of each team, and approximately 6-8 teams will be selected to attend.

Application: The application consists of:

1. Signature page, which includes the names, titles, addresses, contact information and signatures of all team members.

2. A one-page abstract describing a research project that the team (minimum of one researcher and one injury prevention/suicide prevention professional) proposes to conduct. The abstract must include: Aims, approach, significance, and timeline. The team must describe how it has secured or plans to secure the resources needed to implement the proposed research project.

3. In no more than three pages , the team must respond to the following:

  • Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, career goals and experience they bring to the RTI.
  • What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
  • If this is your first time as a team, what skills do you possess in order to succeed as a team in addressing suicide prevention?
  • What are your team’s goals for participating in the RTI?
  • What specific issues does the team want to address during the RTI?

4. CV or resume from each team member.

5. One letter of support for each team member by the applicant’s mentor or supervisor explaining the applicant’s qualifications and reinforcing the link between RTI attendance and the applicant’s commitment to implementing a collaborative research project and participating in the Community of Practice that will follow the RTI.

6. If the state injury control or suicide prevention director is not part of your team, a brief letter from him or her expressing their knowledge of your proposed project and how it relates to the goals of the state program is required.

If you need assistance in identifying an appropriate partner, either a researcher or a state injury prevention/suicide prevention professional with whom to collaborate, please send a message to:

Selection Criteria: Applications will be judged using the following criteria:

1. The feasibility and rigor of the proposed project and its potential to advance knowledge of suicide prevention.

2. Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.

3. The team’s commitment to reducing suicide using a public health approach to suicide prevention.

4. The team’s commitment to involving communities in decision-making about the project.

5. The state injury control or suicide prevention director's knowledge of and commitment to the proposed project.

Deadline: Application materials should be submitted as pdf files to Holly Murphy, RTI Coordinator, at by February 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET. You will be notified via email by March 14, 2014 about whether funding is available to support your attendance.


RTI Application disseminated Nov 4, 2013

Informational webinar conducted Dec. 2, 2013

Application due to Univ. of Rochester Feb. 7, 2014

Results announced March 14, 2014

RTI conducted May 19 – 23, 2014

Community of Practice initiated June, 2014

Questions: A webinar will be held to provide more information on the ICRC-S, the RTI, and the application process. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be archived. The webinar will be held Monday, December 2, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET.

To register:

Please contact Jennifer Allison, ICRC-S Outreach Core Director, at if you have questions. Feel free to forward this call for applications to any others you believe may be interested.