Career Development Programs

Below, you'll find more information about our programs for:

For faculty members 

These training programs are designed to support junior investigators as they build independent research careers and senior faculty members.

Mothers Leading Science (MLS) is a year-long leadership development program for research-intensive female faculty in the health sciences who are raising school-age and/or young children. The purpose of this group is to foster professional and personal growth, provide peer mentoring, integrate the dual roles of scientist and mother, and build a network of peers for ongoing support throughout their careers.

The Northern LITes program is a year-long leadership training experience for senior or advanced mid-career faculty and academic leaders involved in clinical or translational research or with responsibilities related to academic administration or education and training programs in which clinical or translational research is involved. The program is aimed at furthering leadership skills and promoting team science among senior faculty. 

The Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program is available to URM underrepresented in health-related sciences Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 4 years), conducting clinical or translational research. Provides up to three applicants $50,0000 each in research funds over two years, and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. 

The KL2 Scholars Career Development Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 6 years), conducting clinical or translational research. The program provides 75% salary support (up to $120,000 inclusive of fringe), $35,000 in research funds, and $2,000 travel funds a year, for 3 years. It requires a primary, secondary and biostatistician faculty mentoring team. Includes weekly (Wednesdays, 2pm) K Scholar Multidisciplinary Seminar Series with BIRCWH (Women’s Health K12), MN-LHS, CTSI Pre-K Discovery Scholars, and Individual K awardees.

The K-R01 Transition to Independence Program is available to Assistant Professors (in rank ≤ 7 years) conducting clinical or translational research. It provides $50,000 research funds over 2 years and requires a primary mentor and biostatistician mentoring team. Up to five proposals will be awarded each year. Applicants must have held an active K award (ex: KL2, BIRCWH, K12, Independent K award (K23, K07, etc)) for at least one year at the time of application, or successfully concluded a K award on or after May 1, 2018.

CTSI K and Beyond Club

The CTSI K and Beyond Club is a quarterly lunch series intended for former and current CTSI K-R01 scholars and former CTSI K scholars.  Lunches are hosted by K-R01 Program Director, Esam El Fakahany and other guests who lead discussions on a variety of topics relevant to faculty career development and grant writing.

For pre- and post-doctoral trainees 

The TRACT TL1 program provides comprehensive, flexible training for a diverse cohort of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees committed to a substantive and impactful career in translational research and team science. The two-year program integrates a mentored research experience, an individualized curriculum, and professional development activities with 100% time committed to research and research career development. 

The Translational Research Development Program (TRDP) is available to postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees. The program aims to provide an opportunity for early stage investigators to gain significant experience with clinical and translational research, and provides research funds up to $16,000 available over two years. 

For students

The Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP), formerly known as the Advanced Research Program (ARP), is designed for current doctoral-level professional health sciences students with an interest in clinical or translational research. The program provides training through a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly seminars, and a final presentation of research at the annual CTSI Poster Session with all CTSI-Ed scholars. 

The Pathways to Research Program (PReP), formerly Undergraduate Research Program, provides undergraduate students with knowledge, skills, and experience in translational science and health equity research through a structured core curriculum including a mentored research project, weekly research seminars, small group discussions, and a final poster to present research findings at the annual University of Minnesota CTSI Poster Session

For research staff

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation program trains coordinators who support primary investigators and teams that conduct research with human subjects. The comprehensive online training program helps ensure quality research practices, while creating a career development pathway for CRCs. 

The Clinical Research Professional Development Seminar Series is a bi-weekly seminar series for clinical research professionals at the University of Minnesota. Attendees learn about current regulations, best practices, resources, and guidelines pertaining to clinical research at the University, and can network with others. 

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