|Global Certification Program|
The Global Nicotine & Tobacco Foundational
SRNT’s mission is to stimulate the generation and dissemination of new knowledge concerning nicotine and tobacco. In support of that mission, a longstanding organizational goal has been to expand research in lower income countries, to build capacity in areas where academic research is not necessarily part of the culture. Although SRNT does not have the resources to train PhD-level researchers, SRNT is exploring a plan to build research capacity through workforce development; specifically, by training people on the front line in “research adjacent” fields, such as tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control, how to access, understand, and incorporate existing research into their daily jobs; how to undertake simple research studies; and how to document and publish their results in an online journal of regional field reports.
The Global NTFR Certification Program is envisioned as a series of online educational modules, crossing research disciplines related to nicotine and tobacco according to the needs of end users in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with specific educational tracks for treatment professionals and tobacco control advocates.
SUPPORTING PROGRAM COMPONENTS AND OUTCOMES
In addition to helping fulfill SRNT’s mission and providing an outstanding opportunity to collaborate with university, medical and other education providers, the Global NTFR Certification Program will incorporate two long-discussed SRNT projects: an online, research dissemination vehicle specifically for lower- and middle-income country (LMIC) researchers whose studies, for various reasons, don’t qualify for publication in Nicotine & Tobacco Research (NTR) or other scientific journals; and an international mentorship program—SRNT Without Borders. Both are intended to be facilitated electronically through the SRNT website, and SRNT will truly operate without borders through member participation in international conferences.
LONG TERM, BIG PICTURE
The Global NTFR Certification Program is intended to be the initial offering of a broader, web-based online educational initiative, SRNT-University (SRNT-U). Once the Global NTFR Certification Program has been successfully launched, its structure and framework can become the model for English language educational tracks for higher-income country clinicians, tobacco control advocates, and other professionals interested in learning basic research skills; a track developed for trainees/grad students (either a certification program or simply a series of online ‘how to’ or other basic, transdisciplinary courses); and a track for experienced researchers who want to supplement their knowledge in other disciplines.
In years to come, the Global NTFR Certification Program will become a signature program of the Society, a focal activity to complement the annual meeting and journal, designed to reach global audiences and directly support SRNT’s mission to stimulate the generation and dissemination of new knowledge concerning nicotine and tobacco. Specifically, as a major, ongoing programmatic initiative, the Global NTFR Certification Program, will:
The Global NTFR Certification Program is the single Society-wide initiative that will address multiple strategic goals while helping to shape SRNT’s educational, programmatic, funding and overall strategic decisions for the next decade. More importantly, it will increase the level of research being undertaken in underrepresented regions of the world, specifically in lower- and middle-income countries so desperately in need of evidence to support burgeoning activities in the areas of tobacco control and treatment of tobacco use dependence.