The Program for Early Research Career Development will provide a roadmap and targeted guidance for senior post-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral associates, and early career faculty (both MD and PhD) committed to launching an independent research career. This program will help attendees assemble a professional portfolio requisite for attaining career development awards (such as the NIH K grant), pilot awards, and/or other funding mechanisms consistent with the success of early-stage investigators. Areas of focus will include but are not limited to developing a mentoring team, conceptualizing and drafting a specific aims page, and the preparation/evaluation of scientific manuscripts. Topics will be addressed through a combination of didactic sessions, review workshops (including constructive peer feedback of original documents), and importantly, individual professional mentoring adapted to the goals and background of participants.
Please note that this program is offered separately from the Career Development Award Writing Workshop, which is specifically tailored to individuals expanding an existing set of research aims into a mature grant proposal.
The program, sponsored by the BU CTSI, is offered in the Fall and Spring and consists of 7, 2-hour sessions. Space is limited, and participants will be selected based on a competitive application process. (See PERC Fact Sheet here)
Program participants will:
- Improve CVs and NIH Biosketches
- Write effective Specific Aims pages and evaluate manuscript drafts
- Identify useful tips and strategies in finding mentors and funding
- Leverage research consults, tools, and other resources needed to move toward research independence
Spring 2023 Session Dates/Times
Sessions Time: All Mondays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Anticipated session dates (may be subject to change, to be confirmed upon acceptance to the program)
02/13 | 02/27 | 03/13 | 03/27 | 04/10 | 04/24 | 05/15
Metrics of success, to be evaluated on a longitudinal basis based on the background of the participant, will include the formation of a mentorship team, publications (submitted or accepted), scientific meeting presentations, specific aims pages, grant proposal submissions, and as appropriate, subsequent matriculation into the K Writing workshop.
CV review, how to design a successful mentoring team for a career development award (NIH K award, Foundation/AHA award, or equivalent alternative), preparing an abstract for a research conference, manuscript preparation, grant preparation/developing an aims page. (Note that course content is subject to change based on participants’ evolving needs)
- Senior post-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral associates and early career faculty (with 2 or more years of research training), especially those in the initial stages of forming a career development plan for an eventual K award application (or equivalent).
- Able to attend every session; agree to participate actively and to complete writing assignments between classes
- Priority will be given to those who are new faculty hires with protected time and post-doctoral fellows with a high likelihood of staying at BU
For questions regarding the application please contact Hubert Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a year-long program to network with colleagues across the medical campus and cover additional topics beyond research, covering broader areas of professional development to successfully navigate a career in academic medicine, please consider the Early Career Faculty Development Program (ECP)