Apply Now for JCOIN’s 2021 LEAP Mentorship Program!

November 25, 2020

Do you want to work with justice-involved populations? Are you interested in the criminal justice/public health intersect? Maybe you’re an early-career or established researcher that's been looking for an opportunity to work in the criminal justice space? Or, perhaps you're a clinician that wants to collaborate on research in justice settings? If your answer to any of these questions is YES, please consider applying for one of the 2021 Learning Experiences to Advance Practice (LEAP) programs through the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN).

The LEAP program offers two tracks: a two-year Investigator track and a one-year Scholar track.

  • The Investigator track is designed for individuals interested in a career as an independent investigator and will focus on a project to be designed and carried out over the next two years. This track will emphasize research proposal writing, grant management, mentorship and advanced research skills needed to be successful in criminal justice settings. Modest funding is available to support proposed projects in year two.


  • The Scholar track will support clinicians, criminologists and analysts interested in collaborating on research in justice settings, focusing on the conduct of research in justice settings, formulating research questions, understanding elements of research design, ethical issues concerning research in justice settings, and collaborator roles to ground and translate the conduct of research in justice settings.


The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2021.

Learn more and apply on the JCOIN Partner Portal (free access; registration required):

If you have any, please don’t hesitate to contact Warren Ferguson (, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Co-Director of JCOIN’s LEAP Program.