While the new call for applications is not yet live, I wanted to STRONGLY support anyone interested in systems thinking and health to apply to a future Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. International applicants may also apply. The trick is to demonstrate this interest in your essay and have an innovative idea that can’t be answered adequately with more conventional research methods.
In past institutes, there were three tracks to which you may apply: network analysis (my track in 2012), agent-based modelling, and systems dynamics. You can only participate in one track and only one institute. It is a training to hopefully help develop a new cadre of newbie systems and health researchers that may hopefully become competitive for NIH systems funding. The cohort has been small- 45 in total and researchers from doctoral candidate to tenured professors have been able to apply. I was able to make great connections to systems researchers that I may never have met otherwise. I hear that it is competitive so trying multiple application cycles is not uncommon. But it is definitely worth the credential…
Any questions regarding call for applications and ISSH should be directed to Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at NIH. They are using their BSSR listerv as a method of giving necessary updates about future Institutes. I would suggest that you join the weekly listserv for definitive information about the status of ISSH.