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Research Career Development Tips

What options and resources are available for new investigators just beginning to think about career development? Where should investigators begin in terms of setting priorities? Welcome to the continuing struggle associated with multiple responsibilities of being a professor, researcher, doctor, community and family member. Below are some resources designed to help you begin answering these questions.




 Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide for Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty (HHMI)

Developed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Making the Right Moves provides practical advice and strategies for those seeking or just entering tenure-track faculty positions on the best academic and research career moves. Topics addressed include understanding university structure, laboratory leadership, setting up a lab, time management, project management, getting funded, getting published, understanding technology transfer, collaboration, teaching and course design.1

 How to Be a Member of an R01 NIH Study Section

An addendum to the Making the Right Moves book above, this publication from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund provides an overview of the NIH peer review process and the typical timeline one can expect when serving as a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.3

 NIH Workshop Videos

​The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) hosted a Workshop in March 2010 that was designed for those making the transition from postdoctoral to independent investigator status. Topics include "How to Have a Life," Negotiating a Start-Up Package," "Establishing a Lab," "Finding a Mentor," "Networking and Collaborations," Balancing Research/Teaching/Family/Other Commitments." Many of these video segments are applicable to the aspiring postdoc, new and established faculty members.2




 AHRQ Research Training and Career Options

This site provides an overview of early career funding options offered by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the US Department of Health and Human Services.1

 NIH K Award Kiosk

​This Kiosk is designed to help investigators navigate the National Institutes of Health Career Award (K Series) System and decide which K Award best fits their needs, situation and research interests.2

 NIH New/Early Stage Investigator Status Explained

​This website explains the distinctions between the agency's two categories related to new investigator status and provides information on grant mechanisms designed specifically for New and/or Early Status Investigators.3

 NIH New Early Career Reviewer Program

​The National Institutes of Health now offers early career investigators the opportunity to become grant reviewers for their Center for Scientific Review (CSR). First established in 2011, more than 800 early career investigators have now taken advantage of this program. A video titled "Jumpstart Your Research Career with CSR's New Early Career Reviewer Program" featuring 5 program participants giving insights about what they have gained from this program is now available. Additional details about this program including eligibility criteria can be found on the Early Career Reviewer web page.6

 NSF CAREER Award Program Website

​The National Science Foundation's premier Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program emphasizes the dual nature of faculty members - research and teaching - and encourages recipients to fully pursue both while in the developmental stages of their careers. This CAREER website provides access to information on program contacts and abstracts of previously awarded CAREER projects.4

 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Tips

​This book of articles compiled by ZJ Pei, a former CAREER awardee, incorporates helpful tips from other CAREER awardees. Although some hints are dated and no longer conform to current NSF requirements, the overall informative nature of this book keeps it relevant. (Provided with permission from the author.)5




 New Investigator e-Book

The ORDE Research Opportunities for New Investigators e-Book, completely updated in January 2015,  provides information about available funding directed to new investigators. Both federal and private sources of support are identified in this easy-to-use format. Opportunity descriptions, deadlines and eligibility criteria are provided to assist early career investigators when seeking best opportunities for furthering their research careers.1

 NSF CAREER Award Toolkit

​ORDE has developed this CAREER Award Toolkit to familiarize early career investigators with the Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offered by the National Science Foundation. This Toolkit is a great starting point and puts information from a variety of sources in one place for investigator convenience.2

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