Support of Training and Mentoring in Nigeria for Academics (STAMINA) is a project designed to energize the research capacity of the University by supporting Junior faculty to launch a research career and close up the lacuna in research career development caused by weak mentorship, inadequate research project funding, insufficient training in research design, data analysis and presentation/writing skills, limited opportunities for collaboration with researchers from other countries, including the United States and meagre institutional support for developing, submitting and administering research applications and awards.
The STAMINA programme is aimed at training and mentoring junior academic faculty in University of Jos (Unijos) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU) in a bid to improve their research capability through engaging in locally relevant research that will improve human health outcomes and foster the next generation of faculty researchers in Nigeria. STAMINA is a consortium of 4 universities comprising; Unijos, ABU, Harvard University, Boston and Northwestern University, Chicago. The programme is funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.
In a bid to achieve its mandate, the STAMINA project operates in two major categories. Firstly, the Mentored Research Programme is designed to support Junior Faculty members who have interest in Basic Science, Clinical and/or Epidemiological Research; have an Innovative Research idea; are attempting to initiate a new Research Project or aim to gather some preliminary data that will be used for applications to future Grant opportunities by providing funds for a 2 year period of supervised research. Secondly, STAMINA also provides scholarship for Masters Degree in line with its Research Themes in either University of Jos or ABU, Zaria. However, it should be noted that the Mentored Research/Masters application must fall in line with the STAMINA themes which include: HIV Outcomes Research and Co-infections, Reproductive Health Research, Genomics and Bioinformatics and Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.
STAMINA also conducts Research trainings for Junior Faculty in Nigeria on Responsible Conduct of Research, Data Analysis and Manuscript Writing, Research Ethics, Grant Proposal Writing, Research Methodology, Case based Methods of Teaching and Mentorship and sponsors Faculty members abroad to undertake relevant courses research at its partner Universities in the USA.