Advanced Research Institute (ARI): An Effective Model for Career Development and Transition to Independence
Community Mental Health Services
The vitality of geriatric mental health research requires an ongoing infusion of new investigators into the career pipeline. This report examines outcomes of the NIMH-funded, Advanced Research Institute (ARI) in Geriatric Mental Health, a national mentoring program supporting the transition of early career researchers to independent investigators. Outcome data for 119 ARI Scholars were obtained from the NIH Reporter database, CVs, and PubMed: 95.0% continue in research, 80.7% had obtained federal grants, and 45.4% had achieved an NIH R01. Among all NIMH mentored K awardees initially funded 2002-2014 (n=901), 60.4% (32/53) of ARI participants vs. 42.0% (356/848) of nonparticipants obtained an R01. Controlling for funding year, ARI participants were 1.9 times more likely to achieve R01 funding than nonparticipants. These data suggest that ARI has helped new generations of researchers to achieve independent funding, become scientific leaders, and conduct high impact research contributing to public health and patient care.