Mentored Research Investigator Training

RI MeRIT Program

The Mentored Research Investigator Training program is designed to assist pharmacists with developing the abilities necessary to conduct investigator-initiated research, either independently as a principal investigator or as an active co-investigator within a research team. Positioned between the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program and the Focused Investigator (FIT) Program, ideal candidates for the MeRIT Program are pharmacy faculty or practitioners with limited research experience who are:

  • committed to incorporating research into their professional careers,
  • interested in generating research themes or obtaining preliminary data for larger funding opportunities,
  • aspiring to be active principal or co-investigators within a research team, and
  • able to commit at least 10% effort to research.

MeRIT is a 2-year longitudinal program that utilizes a combination of live and virtual teaching and mentoring methods to provide trainees with the support and education they need throughout the entire research experience (i.e. from idea to publication). The next cohort of investigators will begin the program June 17 - June 21, 2019 on the campus of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington.

Informational Conference Calls
‣Tuesday, January 30, 2018: 4:00–4:30 p.m. (EST)
‣Wednesday, February 7, 2018: 1:00–1:30 p.m. (EST)
Learn more about the RI’s Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) program and have any questions you may have answered by program faculty mentors. Contact Carla Scarborough ( or 913-492-3311) for dial-in information.

2019 Deadlines:
‣February 28, 2019 - Letter of Intent to attend due (instructions in application)
‣March 31, 2019 - Full applications due

2018 MeRIT Brochure
2018 MeRIT Brochure PDF

2019 MeRIT Application
‣The application will be available in October.