NIH-supported disease prevention research generally falls along a research continuum that moves from hypothesis development to implementation projects, regardless of the scientific field or the funding Institute or Center (IC). The data collected in each phase helps inform the research conducted in the next phase, and also helps scientists refine and improve their research questions. Though individual ICs may customize the prevention research process to best reflect their needs, the research phases are similar across the NIH.
Along the entire continuum, the NIH devotes resources to educate and train the next generation of disease prevention scientists, with particular attention to the development of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Educating the public and health professionals to inform them about scientific advances and ways to improve health is also a critical part of the NIH research mission.
The NIH offers a broad range of research training and career development opportunities for individuals at various career stages, from high school students to established scientists.
Our NIH Training Opportunities in Prevention Research Methods resource offers a comprehensive and searchable list of courses, webinars, and training tools for prevention researchers. The types of courses you will find include: