Designed to aid early and mid-career investigators who desire to work with CNICS and plan to submit a concept proposal to the Research Coordinating Committee (RCC) who may or may not have an established CNICS collaborator on their study. A CNICS Collaborator is required in order to submit a concept proposal. View the table of potential collaborators to see who may align with the area of expertise needed for your study. Include up to 3 names on your request form.  Please do not contact any collaborators directly- The Mentoring Core will connect you with the best person fit for your study.

The program is intended to complement, not replace, on site mentoring of Early Stage Investigators.

Ready To Get Started?

A CNICS Collaborator is required before you can submit a Concept Proposal Application. View the table of potential collaborators here and search by expertise. You can include up to 3 of interest on your collaborator request form. Do not contact collaborators directly until the Mentoring Core establishes a connection between you and them.

View the table of collaborators here and then submit a request for a collaborator here.

Purpose of Mentoring Core

  • Pairs mentees with mid or senior level CNICS associated HIV researchers with expertise in the mentee’s research area.
  • Allows mentees to receive extensive feedback on the proposed research plan on concepts of study design, data preparation, statistical analysis and limitations one-on-one interactions (i.e calls, skype, or face to face if possible).
  • Mentees with successful concepts will maintain one-on-one distance mentoring sessions throughout the project, may be invited to attend annual CNICS meetings for networking, and may enroll in career development program with University of California San Francisco (UCSF) mentoring leadership.

Mentoring The Mentors Workshop

-Recognizing the need for robust mentoring training programs to ensure that mentors are trained in best practices, the UCSF CFAR program has developed an annual “Mentoring the Mentors” workshop to train mid-level and senior HIV researchers nationwide on tools and techniques of effective mentoring. 

*The 2021 workshop has been postponed since the meeting works best when face-to-face interactions are possible. Check back after the pandemic for information on the next offering. 

Articles On Mentoring

The Mentoring Competency Assessment: validations of a new instrument to evaluate skills of research mentors. Fleming M, House S, Hanson VS, Yu L, Garbutt J, McGee R, Kroenke K, Abedin Z, Rubio DM. Acad Med. 2013 Jul;88(7):10028.

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Characteristics of successful and failed mentoring relationships: a qualitative study across two academic health centers. Straus, SE, Johnson MO, Marquez C, Feldman MD. Acad Med. 2013 Jan;881(1):82-9.

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Contact Us

For additional information, please contact  Mallory Johnson.