The International AIDS Research & Training Program was founded in 1988 with the goal of fostering international collaborative AIDS research through scientist exchange. The program is geared primarily to training of foreign scientists with the following specific goals:
- Train foreign biomedical scientists in epidemiologic, clinical, behavioral, and laboratory methodologies which can be applied to AIDS investigation.
- Provide foreign investigators with direct experience in AIDS research, both in the U.S. and in their home countries.
- Provide U.S. investigators from the University of Washington with field experience in AIDS research in an international setting.
- Foster international multidisciplinary collaborative research on AIDS through the formation of institutional affiliations between the University of Washington and foreign institutions.
The University of Washington has established collaborative AIDS research projects with institutions in Kenya, Peru, India, Mozambique, and Uganda. The IARTP only funds candidates from these countries, with preference given to those who are directly affiliated with the collaborative research programs involving University of Washington investigators.
The IARTP is funded by the Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health.