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, the MeRIT Program seeks candidates who are pharmacy faculty or practitioners with limited research experience who:

  • are committed to incorporating research into their professional careers,
  • want to generate research themes or obtaining preliminary data for larger funding opportunities,
  • wish to be active principal or co-investigators within a research team, and
  • can commit at least 10% effort to research.

MeRIT is a 2-year longitudinal program that uses a combination of live and virtual teaching and mentoring methods to provide trainees with the support and education they need throughout the research experience (i.e. from idea to publication). The next cohort of investigators will begin the program June 22 - June 26, 2020 on the campus of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington.

Informational Conference Calls
‣Tuesday, January 28, 2020: 4:00–4:30 p.m. (EST)
‣Wednesday, February 12, 2020: 1:00–1:30 p.m. (EST)
Learn more about the Foundation’s Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) program and have any questions you may have answered by program faculty mentors. Contact Sheldon Holstad ( or 913-492-3311) for dial-in information.

2020 Due Dates:
‣February 28, 2020 - Letter of Intent to attend due (instructions in application)
‣March 31, 2020 - Full applications due

2019 MeRIT Brochure
2020 MeRIT Brochure

2020 MeRIT Application
2020 MeRIT Program Application Word

Past MeRIT Participants
Past MeRIT Participants