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COBRE Grant Writing Workshop. Writing Successful NIH Mentored Career Development Awards (K and F Series ), Mentorship Plan and Role of a Mentor Lynn Snyder-Mackler. Stage of Research Training / Career. Awards. Training and Career Timetable. Pre- Bac.

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cobre grant writing workshop

COBRE Grant Writing Workshop

Writing Successful NIH Mentored Career Development Awards (K and F Series), Mentorship Plan and Role of a Mentor

Lynn Snyder-Mackler

training and career timetable

Stage of Research

Training / Career

Awards

Training and Career Timetable

Pre-Bac

Pre-Bac Institutional Training Grant (T34)

GRADUATE/

MEDICAL

STUDENT

Predoctoral Institutional Training Grant (T32)

Predoctoral Individual NRSA (F31)

Predoctoral Individual MD/PhD NRSA (F30)

Postdoctoral Institutional Training Grant (T32)

Postdoctoral Individual NRSA (F32)

POST

DOCTORAL

NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)

Mentored Patient-Oriented RCDA (K23)

Mentored Quantitative RCDA (K25)

EARLY

Small Grant (R03)

Research Project Grant (R01)

Independent Scientist Award (K02)

MIDDLE

CAREER

Midcareer Investigator Award in

Patient-Oriented Research (K24)

Exploratory/Develop-ment Grant (R21)

SENIOR

Senior Scientist Award (K05)

mentored k awards
Mentored K Awards

Independent

Investigator

College

Graduate School

Postdoctoral

Pathway to Independence (PI) Award (K99/R00)

Mentored Quantitative

Research Career Development

Award (K25)

Mentored Research Scientist

Development Award (K01)

Career Transition Award (K22)

Mentored Clinical Scientist

Development Award (K08)

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Development Award (K23)

mentored awards
Mentored Awards
  • Support mechanisms that provide mentored research experiences to gain additional expertise in an area that will significantly enhance research capabilities or expertise in a new research area.
f32 ruth l kirschstein national research service awards nrsa for individual postdoctoral fellows
F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, doctorate awarded
  • Duration: Up to 3 years
  • Commitment: Full-time research fellowship
  • Provisions: ~$37K-$52K stipend, ~$8K institutional allowance, 60% up to $16K tuition
  • Research Career Awards (K) http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm
mentored k awards1
Mentored K Awards
  • K01: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
  • K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • K22: Research Career Award for Transition to Independence
  • K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Development Award
  • K25: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award
  • K99/R00: NIH Pathway to Independence (PI) Award
  • K12: Institutional Mentored Research Scientist Development Program
k01 mentored research scientist development award
K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
  • Purpose: For individuals who wish to enhance their capacity for independent research.
  • Requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, doctorate awarded
  • Duration: 3-5 years
  • Commitment: 75% effort
  • Provisions: Salary up to $75K, fringe benefits, other research expenses up to $20K
k08 mentored clinical scientist research career development award
K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
  • Purpose: To support clinicians who need an intensive period of mentored research experience.
  • Requirements: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status, clinical doctorate awarded
  • Duration: 3-5 years
  • Commitment: 75% effort (50% effort for physician surgeons)
  • Provisions: Salary up to $75K/$50K, fringe benefits, other research expenses up to $20K
slide9

Timeline for K (F) Applications

  • Earliest Award
  • Date:
  • December
  • April
  • July
  • Scientific
  • Review:
  • Jun/July
  • Oct/Nov
  • Feb/Mar
  • Council
  • Review:
  • October
  • January
  • May
  • Receipt/Due
  • Date:
  • Feb 12 (April 8)
  • Jun 12 (August 8)
  • Oct 12 (December 8 )
slide11

Prepare the Application: read the instructions!!

  • start early, seek internal reviewers
    • Candidate (grades, GREs, publications, pedigree)
      • US citizen or permanent resident
      • Doctoral degree (many ok)
    • Sponsor and Training Environment
    • Research Proposal
      • Up to 3 yrs
    • Training Potential
    • Vertebrate Animals, Human Subjects
    • You may have to resubmit…
kirschstein nrsa post doctoral fellowships f32s applications awards and success rates
Kirschstein-NRSA post-doctoral fellowships (F32s) Applications, awards, and success rates
slide13

Postdoctoral trainees are funded by many Institutes

http://grants.nih.gov/training/data/tf_trends/sld006.htm

slide14

Develop a Strategy

  • Assess your career situation and needs. Find out the opportunities for collaborating with a known laboratory and experienced mentor(s) and collaborators.
  • Asses the field and the competition; see which other projects in your field are being funded by NIH. Search the NIH database: Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT).
  • Evaluate yourself: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Can you capitalize on your expertise and fill in any gaps with collaborators or consultants?
  • Find out what resources and support your organization has and what additional support you will need.
slide15

Develop a Strategy

  • Is there an added value to your receiving a K award? Why not pursue research training through other mechanisms?
  • Give yourself plenty of time to write the application, probably three (to six) months.
  • Know your organization's key contacts and internal procedures for electronic application.
  • Begin the application by writing a one-sentence hypothesis for the proposed research project.
  • Call an Institute/Center (I/C) Program Officer for an opinion of your ideas. See if your ideas match any of the I/C's high-priority areas, reflected in I/C’s initiatives and concepts.
slide16

Stay Informed

  • Read NIH Guide notices.
  • Read the NIH Institute/Center Funding Opportunity Announcements.
  • Sign up for NIH's Electronic Application Listserv to Receive News and Updates.
  • See NIH's Electronic Submission Website.
  • As you plan your grant, watch for important policy and process changes.
  • Be wary of online information – always check when a page was last updated.
slide17

Start Early to Apply Electronically

  • The general rule of thumb for a K award is to start at least 3 months prior to the application due date.
  • Notify your referees early on and give them plenty of time to submit letters of reference.
  • At least a month before you want to apply, you'll need to get an NIH Commons account.
  • You will also need to know who is your organization's Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR). Your AOR is typically someone in your business office.
  • Only the AOR can submit your application to Grants.gov. Keep in mind that your organization is the “applicant.” You are the K candidate.
  • For info, see: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/process.htm
slide18

Before You Start Writing

  • Coordinate the application with your mentor’s schedule. Remember that a K application is a collaboration between you and your mentor.
  • As you write the research project, always keep in mind the impact on your career development plans and progression.
  • Make sure your planning and feedback are adequate by putting together your own review committee.
  • After you've settled on a project, draft a short description of your specific aims and discuss these with the committee.
  • Be sure to have the committee review the application after you're finished writing.
slide19

Develop a Solid Hypothesis

  • The research component of a K application should be driven by strong hypotheses rather than advances in technology.
  • The hypothesis is the foundation, or the conceptual underpinning on which the entire project rests.
  • Generally applications should ask questions that prove or disprove a hypothesis rather than use a method to search for a problem or simply collect information.
  • However, sometimes applied research is also important to discover basic biology or develop or use a new technology.
  • You should develop a focused hypothesis that increases understanding of an important biologic process and is based on previous research.
slide20

Develop a Solid Hypothesis

A few Tips:

  • Make sure your idea is not too broad. Your hypothesis must be provable during your 3 to 5 year award with the level of resources you are requesting.
  • Your topic should fit NIH's public health mission. Tie your science to curing, treating, or preventing disease.
  • Show reviewers how your project fits in your field. Make this explicit.
  • Remember, methods are the means for performing your experiments. Your experimental results will prove or disprove your hypothesis.
  • If you have more than one hypothesis, choose the better one.
slide21

Plan Your Application

  • Make sure your hypothesis will generate aims and methods you can accomplish within the 3-5 years time and with the resources available.
  • After you have chosen your hypothesis, outline your specific aims:
      • List your aims and then all the experiments you will do to support each aim.
      • Keep in mind that your experiments support your aims, and your aims support your hypothesis.
  • Use graphics to plan experiments.
      • Chart experiments with decision trees showing alternative pathways should you get negative results.
slide22

Request an Appropriate Budget

  • The Career (K) line budget is driven by NIH Institute and Center policies. As an applicant, you are restricted to what you can ask for.
  • Be aware that the NIH Institutes and Centers have varying salary and research cost scales!
  • A typical mentored K award to a new investigator provides partial salary and only modest research costs.
  • Ideally, your mentor(s) should be well-funded (NIH funding is preferred), and funding from the K is supplemental to his/her research funds.
  • Most independent K awards do not provide research costs. It is expected that you will have peer-reviewed research funding.
slide23

Request an Appropriate Budget

F-32

Stipends:

  • Kirschstein-NRSA awards provide stipends http://grants2.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm. No departure from the published Kirschstein-NRSA stipend schedule may be negotiated between the institution and the fellow.
    • For fellows sponsored by domestic non-federal institutions, the stipend will be paid through the sponsoring institution.

Tuition and Fees:

  • NIH will contribute to the combined cost of tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award. For the most recent tuition/fees levels, see the following website: http://grants2.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm.

Institutional Allowance:

  • Fellows sponsored by nonfederal or nonprofit institutions (domestic or foreign) will receive an institutional allowance to help defray fellowship expenses such as health insurance, research supplies, equipment, books, and travel to scientific meetings.
slide24

Don't Propose Too Much

  • Sharpen the focus of your application. Beginning applicants, particularly at an early career stage, often overshoot their mark by proposing too much. Avoid an “over-ambitious” project or one that looks a lot like an R01 grant!
  • Your hypothesis should be provable and aims doable with the resources you are requesting.
  • Make sure the scale of your hypothesis and aims fits your request of time and resources.
  • Reviewers will quickly pick up on how well matched your research and career development objectives are.
slide25

A Few Tips as You Write

Write to Your Audience:

  • Organize your application so the reviewers can readily grasp and explain what you are proposing, and most importantly, why you should get a K award.

Be Persuasive:

  • Tell reviewers why testing your hypothesis is worth NIH's money, why you are the person to do it, and how your mentor(s) and institution can give you the support you'll need to get it done.

Balance the Technical and Non-technical:

  • Keep the abstract, significance, and specific aims non-technical, and get technical and detailed only in the methods section.
slide26

A Few Tips as You Write

Make Life Easy for Reviewers:

  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Guide the reviewers with graphics as much as possible
  • Label all materials clearly
  • Edit and proof

Know These Review Problems and Solutions:

  • Write a compelling argument for why your career will be enhanced by receiving a K award
  • Write to the non-expert in the field
slide27

Write a Compelling Application

  • Candidate Qualifications, Career Goals, Training Plans
  • Statements by the Mentor, co-Mentors, Collaborators, and Consultants
  • Institution Environment and Commitment to the Candidate
  • Specific Aims
  • Research Strategy
writing a competitive mentored k award grant application
Writing a competitive mentored K award grant application
  • Main sections of the grant application
    • Candidate(Sections 2 – 4)*
    • Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (Section 5: limited to 1 page)
    • Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors, and Collaborators(Section 7; limited to 6 pages)
    • Description of Institutional Environment(Section 8; limited to 1 page)
    • Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s Research Career Development(Section 9: limited to 1 page)
    • Specific Aims(Section 10: limited to 1 page)
    • Research Strategy(Section 11)*

*Sections 2 – 4 plus Section 11 are limited to 12 pages

slide29

Candidate’s Qualifications

Biographical Sketch:

  • Personal Statement: Your research experience and other qualifications for this K award.
  • Research Support: Your/colleagues accomplishments attesting to qualifications of the research team. Don’t confuse this with “Other Support.”

Candidate’s Background:

  • Coordinate with information in the Biographical Sketch, e.g., research and/or clinical training experience that has prepared you for the K.
slide30

Candidate’s Career Goals

Career Goals and Objectives:

  • Tell the reviewers about your scientific history, and how the K award fits into you research career development plans.
  • If you have changed research direction, discuss reasons for the change, and be sure to justify how it will help you to develop your research career.
  • You should always provide a career development timeline, including plans to apply for subsequent grant support.
slide31

Candidate’s Career Plans

Career Development/Training During Award:

  • Make sure to fully explain any new or enhanced research skills you will gain as a result of the K.
  • Stress activities that will enhance your research career, e.g., courses, techniques.
  • Describe any additional, non-research activities in which you expect to participate. Explain how the activity is related to your research and career development plans.
slide32

Responsible Conduct of Research

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research:

  • Document any prior participation in RCR training and/or propose plans to receive additional instruction.
  • Discuss the five components outlined in the NIH Policy: Format, Subject Matter, Faculty Participation, Duration, and Frequency.
  • Is the plan appropriate for your career stage, and will it enhance your understanding of ethical issues related to research?
slide33

Mentor(s), Collaborators, Consultants

Statements by Mentor(s), Consultant(s):

  • Each mentor must explain how he/she will contribute to the development of the candidate's research career.
  • Discuss the research And Alsoother activities, e.g., seminars, scientific meetings, training in RCR, publications and presentations.
  • Document the sources and amounts of anticipated support for the candidate’s research project.
statements by mentors co mentors and collaborators
Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors, and Collaborators
  • Assemble a complementary team
    • Choose a primary mentor who is a senior investigator with a track-record of NIH funding
      • Your primary mentor should be at your home institution.
    • Include co-mentors who will complement the primary mentor’s strengths.
    • Avoid including co-mentors from institutions outside the region.
      • If you do include someone from outside the region, call them a scientific or technical advisor rather than a co-mentor.
statements by mentors co mentors and collaborators cont d
Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors, and Collaborators (Cont’d)
  • Each member of your “team” must play a role in your training or research plan.
  • Establish a relatively small (3-5) mentoring committee.
  • This section is limited to 6 pages.
    • Each member of your team must submit a signed letter.
    • The primary mentor’s letter should be at least 2 pages, leaving only 4 pages for all other members; hence, the total number of mentors/advisors on your team should not exceed 5.
statements by mentors co mentors and collaborators1
Statements by Mentors, Co-Mentors, and Collaborators
  • Evaluation criteria for primary mentor:
    • Appropriateness of mentor’s research qualifications in the area of this application.
    • Quality and extent of mentor’s role in providing guidance and advice to candidate.
    • Previous experience in fostering the development of more junior researchers.
    • History of productivity and support.
    • Adequacy of support for the research project.
letters of collaboration
Letters of Collaboration
  • The letter from the primary mentor is key. It should cover the following areas:
    • His or her qualifications in the research area proposed by the candidate.
    • Previous experience as a research supervisor.
    • The nature and extent of supervision that will occur during the award period.
      • Include an evaluation component that describes how your mentors will assess your progress (e.g., quarterly meetings).
      • Include specific milestones during the K award (e.g.,completion of coursework, submission of manuscripts).
    • What resources, if any, they will make available to you in support of your training and/or research.
letters of collaboration1
Letters of Collaboration
  • Any of the following issues could also be addressed, which are the criteria by which the candidate will be evaluated:
    • Potential for conducting research
    • Evidence of originality
    • Adequacy of scientific background
    • Quality of research endeavors or publications to date
    • Commitment to patient-oriented research
    • Need for further research experience and training
primary mentor s letter
Primary mentor’s letter
  • The primary mentor’s letter can also “re-frame” any potential weaknesses in the application.
    • Examples:
      • Productivity of candidate (e.g., few publications).
      • Feasibility of conducting research plan with resources of K award.
      • Limited mentoring experience of primary mentor.
      • Limited resources of primary mentor (e.g., no current R01 funding.
      • Co-mentor(s) not at UD.
      • Scientific overlap with primary mentor.
letters of collaboration2
Letters of Collaboration
  • Letters from co-mentors, scientific advisors, and others can be much shorter.
  • Be sure to include description of the role of the co-mentor/scientific advisor.
  • Make sure that letters are consistent with text in grant application (re: frequency of meetings, etc.).
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
  • 3 - 5 letters are required.
  • They should be from senior investigators who have competed successfully for NIH funding and have been involved in the training of junior investigators.
  • Can be from any period in your career (e.g., graduate school, medical (professional) school, residency).
  • Cannot be from your primary mentor or co-mentors.
letters of recommendation1
Letters of Recommendation
  • Letters should address the candidate’s potential for a research career.
    • Potential for conducting research
    • Evidence of originality
    • Adequacy of scientific background
    • Quality of research endeavors or publications to date
    • Commitment to patient-oriented research
    • Need for further research experience and training
slide43

Mentor(s), Collaborators, Consultants

Statements by Mentor(s), Consultant(s):

  • Provide details on the candidate's anticipated teaching load, clinical responsibilities, etc.
  • It is critical to discuss plans for transitioning the candidate to the independent investigator stage by the end of the K award period.
  • Mentor(s) must provide details for any previous experience as a mentor, types (e.g., graduate students, Postdocs), numbers, and career outcomes.
slide44

Institution’s Research Environment

Description of Institutional Environment:

  • The sponsoring institution must document a strong, well-established research program related to the candidate's areas of interest.
  • The statement should include the names of the mentor(s) and other relevant faculty.
  • The statement should provide details of facilities and resources available for the candidate.
  • Any opportunities for intellectual interactions, e.g., journal clubs, seminars, and presentations?
slide45

Institution’s Commitment

Institutional Commitment to the Candidate:

  • The institution must document its commitment to the candidate’s career development independent of the K award!
  • The institution must agree to provide adequate time and support to the candidate for the period of K.
  • Provide documentation for the institution's commitment to the development and advancement of the candidate during the period of the K award.
slide46

Institution’s Commitment

Institutional Commitment to the Candidate:

  • The institution must provide the candidate with appropriate office and laboratory space, equipment, and other resources and facilities (e.g., access to clinical and/or other research populations) to carry out the proposed research.
  • The institution must provide appropriate time and support for any proposed mentor(s) and/or other staff consistent with the career development plan.
slide47

Institution’s Commitment

Institutional Commitment to the Candidate:

  • The institution must document its commitment to the candidate’s career development independent of the K award!
  • The institution must agree to provide adequate time and support to the candidate for the period of K.
  • Provide documentation for the institution's commitment to the development and advancement of the candidate during the period of the K award.
description of institutional environment
Description of Institutional Environment
  • This section is limited to 1 page.
  • Evaluation criteria:
    • Adequacy of research facilities and the availability of appropriate educational opportunities.
    • Quality and relevance of the environment for scientific and professional development of the candidate.
description of institutional environment1
Description of Institutional Environment
  • Describe the research facilities and educational opportunities of the sponsoring institution that are related to the candidate’s career development training and research plans.
    • Include relevance of each component to your career development plan.
  • Describe resources outside UD, as needed.
institutional commitment to candidate s research career development
Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s Research Career Development
  • This section is limited to 1 page.
  • Evaluation criteria
    • Applicant institution’s commitment to the scientific development of the candidate and assurances that the institution intends the candidate to be “an integral part of its research program.”
    • Applicant institution’s commitment to protect at least 75% of the candidate’s effort for proposed career development activities.
institutional commitment to candidate s research career development cont d
Institutional Commitment to Candidate’s Research Career Development (Cont’d)
  • These assurances are stated in a letter from your department chair or division chief (see Example 4).
    • Note: For fellows, this letter must state that you will be promoted from your current position to a “higher” position (ideally, to a full-time faculty position) during the K award period.
slide52

Career Award Review Criteria

  • Overall Impact:This score reflects the reviewers assessment of the likelihood for the candidate to become/remain an independent investigator. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to have a major impact.
  • Scored Review Criteria: Determination of scientific, technical, and career merit. Each gets a separate score:
      • Candidate
      • Career Development Plan/Career Goals & Objectives
      • Research Plan
      • Mentor(s), Consultants(s), Collaborator(s).
      • Environment and Institutional Commitment to the Candidate
slide53

Career Award Review Criteria

Candidate:

  • Quality of research, academic and/or clinical record
  • Potential to develop as an independent and productive researcher
  • Commitment to a research career
  • Quality of the letters of reference

Career Development Plan/Career Goals & Objectives:

  • Likelihood that plan will contribute substantially to the scientific development of candidate – Added Value
  • Content, scope, phasing, and duration of the plan in the context of prior experience and stated career objectives
slide54

Career Award Review Criteria

Research Plan:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the research question, design and methodology
  • Relevance of the proposed research to the candidate‘s career objectives
  • Appropriateness of the research plan to the stage of research development and as a vehicle for developing the research skills described in the career development plan
slide55

Career Award Review Criteria

Mentor(s), Consultants(s), Collaborator(s):

  • Qualifications and statement by Mentor and collaborators/Consultants

Environment and Institutional Commitment to the Candidate:

  • Commitment of institution to ensure that the candidate's effort will be devoted to research (Minimum 75%)
  • Adequacy of research facilities and training opportunities, including capable faculty
  • Assurance that institution intends for the candidate to be an integral part of its research program
slide56

Career Award Review Criteria

Additional Review Criteria:

  • Protection of Human Subjects from Research Risk
  • Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children in Research
  • Care and Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research
  • Biohazards
  • Resubmission Applications
  • Renewal Applications (as applicable)

Additional Review Considerations:

  • Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Select Agents
  • Resource Sharing Plans
  • Budget and Period of Support
slide57

ExpectationsofaMentor

StephenB.Trippeletal

definitions
Definitions

Greek History:

  • Mentor was a close friendand counselor for Odysseus. When Odysseus left for the Trojan War, he placed Mentor in charge of his son andhis palace.

NIH:

  • “A mentor is a person who hasachieved career success and counsels and guides another for the purpose of helping him or her achieve like success. Research supervisors should always be mentors; they have the responsibility to discuss with and advise a trainee on aspects of his or her work and professional development.”
slide59

PickingaMentor

Selectionisbasedonavarietyof

attributes:

Expertise

Recordofmentorship

Personalrapport

Commitmenttoyourdevelopment

Pickingamentorrequiresyouto

knowyourselfandyourresearch

environment

Mayhavemorethanonementorfor

differentfacetsofyourcareer

No“onesizefitsall”mentality

slide60

RolesofMentor

Findingagoodmentormaybeas

importantasskillfulgrantsmanship

Infrastructure

Labmanagementadvice

Collaboration

Honestevaluation

Advocacy

University

ScientificCommunity

slide61

WhatAboutInfrastructure

Basicresearchisacomplicatedenterprise

Corefacilities/equipment

Methodologies

Administrativesupport

Start-upFunds

slide62

TheTransitiontoLab

Management

Lotsoftraining,but…youneedhelp!

Howtobecomealeader

Managingtechnicians

Mentoringstudents/fellows

Navigatinghumanresources

Evaluations

Conflicts

slide63

YourBest/Worst

Collaborator

Thebestmentorisinyourfield-Betteryetif

specificinterestsoverlap

Accesstoreagents/data/expertise

Familiaritywithallies/competition

Pulseofthestudysection

Co-investigatorstatus

Moregrantwriting!!

1Risk:Exploitation

slide64

ThePersonthatEmbodies

TheseCharacteristics:

Hasarelationshipwithyouthatisboth

personalandprofessional

Viewshis/hersuccessaslinkedtoyour

success

Isempatheticyetpragmatic

slide65

HonestEvaluation:

Friend,CriticorBoth?

Regularevaluations

Individualprograms

Papers

Grants

Unfundedresearch

Mentoringactivity

Promotions/tenure

slide66

Advocacy

Yourmentorshouldbeyouradvocate

AtHome

Academicdepartments/students

Departmentalanduniversitycommittees

Protectedresearchtime

Promotions/tenure

OnTheRoad

MeetandGreet

Accesstothe“InnerCircle”

Journalreviewer

Grantreviewer

slide67

TheImpactofOutstanding

Mentorship

Immediateproductivity

Accesstolabpersonnel

Involvementinmatureprograms

Co-investigatorship

Awindowintotheworldofgrantwriting

Opendialogaboutyourowndeveloping

program

Useoffunds

Peoplemanagement

Overallresearchdirection

slide68

ImmediateProductivity

Mainobjective:getyourownprogram

rolling

Also:

Duringthestart-upphase

Gettingearlypublications

Learnthebureaucraticropesearly

ResearchAffairsoffice

IACUC,IRB

Pursuitofintramuralpilotmoney

slide69

Co-investigatorship

Mainobjective:getyourowngrant

funded

Also:

BecomingaCo-Ihasperks

Earlyevidenceofsupport

Forgingeffectivecollaborations

Involvementinareasoutsideyourfocus

Criticaltohavemultipledirections

Bringnewperspectivetoyourownprogram

Learngrantwritingfirsthand

slide70

OpenDialogAboutYour

Program

Adviceontheuseofstart-upfunds

Preserveforthefuture

Equipmentvs.suppliesvs.personnel

Smallgrantsmakeabigdifference

Gettingthebestbangforthe$

Whocanhelpthemostrightaway?

Howtomanagestaffsuccessfully

Researchdirection

Morphinghypothesesintoproposals

Roadmaptopromotion

slide71

DespiteAllTheMentoring…

Therearestillnoguarantees

Setlimitsontimespentawayfromyourmaingoal

Alwaysbeintheprocessofpaperandproposal

writing

Neverfearcritiques

NOT

Friends

Studysection

Alwaysberesponsive,notargumentative

Don’tfocussolelyontheNIHforfunding

Marshallyour‘bigidea’withsmaller,sure-fire

projects

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DevelopaPlanforLongTerm

Productivity&Funding

Createastrategicvisionforresearchthat

includes:

Creationofaresearchfocus

Stepwiseplantopublishresultsandobtain

commensuratefunding

Overallcareerdevelopment

Effectivelymanageresearchtimevis-à-

visotheractivities:clinical,educational

andadministrative

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Summary

Mentor’sRole

Motivate

Empower

Nurtureconfidenceandcompetence

Teachbyexample

Offersoundcounsel

Raisetheperformancebar

Shineinreflectedlight