VIRDE is an annual intensive research training program designed to facilitate trainee research productivity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This month-long program is intended to bolster and further develop the skill sets necessary for conducting responsible human subjects’ research and developing a grant proposal for submission. Attendees participate in a series of Grant Writing, Research Ethics/Scientific Integrity, and Career Development seminars and workshops.. Additionally, each attendee is paired with a Vanderbilt faculty mentor to promote their scientific research development.
Elite health professionals, including Fogarty training grant alumni, engaged in research are eligible to apply to VIRDE. The program is open only to LMIC biomedical and public health researchers and is supported by VIGH’s training and research grants. This program is directed by VIGH and occurs at Vanderbilt.
In its 10+ years of the program, VIRDE has trained almost 60 scholars across 10 countries, 83% of whom have submitted grants after participating in VIRDE. Among those who submitted grants, 85% have received funding and 91% are principal investigators (including co-PI and multi-PI) on these grants. Grant funding comes from diverse sources including US and European government funds, national organizations, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.