Project EXPORT Training Core and Pilot Core

Project EXPORT Training Core and Pilot Core

Training Core and Pilot Core Specific Aims and Recent Highlights

Due to the complementary roles of the Training and Pilot Cores, they are listed together here. Significant collaboration occurs between the cores to ensure mentoring opportunities, didactic experiences, and adequate support for pilot investigators and their research. The aims of each core are as follows:

Overall aims of the EXPORT Training Core


Specific Aim 1: Provide structured mentorship for minority junior investigators from Drew and UCLA who are seeking research careers that focus on disparities and minority health.

Specific Aim 2: Provide an individualized curriculum to prepare minority junior investigators with research skills to conduct studies in the community that address health disparities.

Specific Aim 3: Prepare minority junior investigators to succeed as independent researchers focused on disparities and minority health.

Specific Aim 4: Recruit and retain minority junior faculty from Drew and UCLA for careers in health disparities research.

Overall aims of the EXPORT Pilot Core


Specific Aim 1: To fund junior faculty members at Drew University and UCLA to conduct health disparities pilot projects that will provide preliminary data for future research findings to eliminate health disparities.

Specific Aim 2: To fund innovative pilot projects for established faculty members at Drew University and UCLA that have high potential for helping to develop important research findings to eliminate health disparities.

Specific Aim 3: To fund pilot projects for established faculty members from other areas of Drew University and UCLA that bring state-of-the-art research on health to focus on ethnic minority populations with the goal of reducing health disparities.

These are the most important cores for building the future of health disparities researchers. The combination of structured and hands-on mentoring has been paramount for the development of junior faculty. The process includes following and supporting them through and beyond independent funding, as well as supporting them through career advancement.

Recent Training Core and Pilot Core Highlights

  • Highly successful mentorship practices continue. This includes review of Career Development Plans and quarterly progress reports providing feedback, support, and identification of resources for pilot investigators.
  • The Training and Pilot Cores have collaborated with other cores in prioritizing the development of junior faculty members. Several full-day retreats were held with participation from all Drew and UCLA cores. Areas of focus have included approaches to grant-writing, peer pre-review of manuscripts and review of research proposals.
  • New Pilot Selection Process: To build high quality research in this area, a new call for new pilot project proposals was announced in September 2006. However, this year the review process included the EXPORT community advisory board. From this group of pilot proposals, seven (7) new pilot investigators were funded.
  • A monthly works in progress meetings featured dedicated time to review scientific updates and address any active challenges facing each pilot investigator. This interactive process allows each pilot investigator to learn from their colleagues as well as the EXPORT faculty.