University of Ibadan MEPI Junior Faculty Research Training for Career Development Program (UI-MEPI-J)

This program is designed to increase the capacity to participate in and carry out locally relevant research that contributes to improved human health and to foster the next generation of faculty researchers in Nigeria. Junior faculty members will gain enhanced capabilities in research methodology, research management, bioethics training, mentorship, scientific publication productivity and grant writing.


The goal essentially is to enhance individual research capacity through structured training and mentored research programs for junior faculty from three scientific areas that address priority health needs of Nigeria while at the same time build upon the existing research strengths of the University of Ibadan.

The objectives of the project are

1) Train Junior faculty College of Medicine, University of Ibadan in the methods of scientific investigation, the art of oral and written communication, interpersonal interactions, legal and ethical aspects of scientific responsibility

2) Provide guidance on planning career pathways and development

3) Engage the University of Ibadan and College of Medicine leaderships to support and strengthen research administration and support structures, and promote effective leadership for research and

4) Institutionalize research training and culture in the University

Thematic areas

These three areas include:

1) laboratory and clinical investigation of HIV and its long-term complications;

2) genomics of infectious diseases; and

3) neurologic diseases with an emphasis on stroke and seizure disorders.