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Secrets to Building A Stellar Research Program

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Building a research program is not an easy task. It takes a lot of concentrated effort on behalf of the investigator, and is best facilitated by a group of committed senior mentors who can provide career guidance along the way. Most notably, the transition from working on other people’s grants to managing your own independent research ideas can be unnerving–to say the least. Many new investigators struggle with factors such as the logistics of writing grant applications, selecting the most appropriate funding source and mechanism, assembling an investigative team, and concisely articulating their research trajectory.

With today’s funding climate, securing funding can be difficult. Thus, the importance of developing a solid, innovative research program is heightened. In this insightful Webinar, Dr. Brawner identifies challenges junior investigators (including postdoctoral fellows) face as they make the transition to build independently funded programs of research. She offers suggestions toward collaborating with previous mentors while also maintaining independence. Further, she provides step-by-step guidance that will help new investigators develop the confidence and skills to build their programs of research and establish a network of senior scientists.

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Secrets to Building A Stellar Research Program

  1. 1. SECRETS TO BUILDING ASTELLAR RESEARCH PROGRAM: WHY NETWORKING IS KEY DR. BRIDGETTE M. BRAWNER ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY RESEARCH CENTER FOR GLOBAL WOMENS HEALTH SCHOOL OF NURSING UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Brought to you by Principal Investigators Association
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES1. Overview the process of developing a program of research2. Discuss key components of stellar research programs3. Highlight 5 networking secrets
  3. 3. 60-Minute Live Webinar on Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 PM EST.Receive live attendance and a free recording in CD-Rom, MP4 or Transcript. 5 Key Take-Aways:• Discussion of techniques to ORDER NOW For Only $59 articulate and market your research interests Enter Coupon Code:• Review of funding sources and mechanisms, as well as the best ForYou59 fit for different levels of experience• Strategies to assemble a stellar investigative team Click Here to Order Now or• Overview of grant writing logistics, including key Call 1-800-303-0129 ext. 506 components of successful applications• Strategies to position yourself for federal funding through smaller To Learn More Click Here pilot grants and publishing in writing teams
  4. 4. I. THE PLANNING PROCESS DEVELOPING A PROGRAM OF RESEARCH
  5. 5. WHERE DO I BEGIN?• Topic• Funding sources• Mechanisms• Collaborators• Budgeting• Dissemination plan • To be established when the grant is submitted• Would additional training be advantageous?
  6. 6. COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS• Clear, innovative aims • What makes your study stand out?• Logical flow of the narrative • Topics conceptually and visually connect• Tables and figures • Appease the reviewers’ eyes• Strong investigative team • Transdisciplinary Co-PIs or Co-Is • Preliminary work • Evidence of collaboration (e.g., joint publications)
  7. 7. FUNDING CLIMATE CHALLENGES• Good score ≠ funded grant• Adapt • Multiple lines of inquiry • Affiliate with “investigative teams”• Weigh proposal risks • R01 vs. R21 or R34 • Complex vs. more simple study
  8. 8. FILTER ADVICE & REQUESTS• Determine alignment with career goals• Know when and how to say no• Broaden your interests without washing out the research agenda
  9. 9. 60-Minute Live Webinar on Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 PM EST.Receive live attendance and a free recording in CD-Rom, MP4 or Transcript. 5 Key Take-Aways:• Discussion of techniques to ORDER NOW For Only $59 articulate and market your research interests Enter Coupon Code:• Review of funding sources and mechanisms, as well as the best ForYou59 fit for different levels of experience• Strategies to assemble a stellar investigative team Click Here to Order Now or• Overview of grant writing logistics, including key Call 1-800-303-0129 ext. 506 components of successful applications• Strategies to position yourself for federal funding through smaller To Learn More Click Here pilot grants and publishing in writing teams
  10. 10. II. THE KEYSSTELLAR PROGRAMS OF RESEARCH
  11. 11. MENTORS• Seeking independence vs. maintaining collaborative times• Expand the mentoring base and network • Content area • Career (e.g., Title & Position) • Work/Life Balance
  12. 12. SCIENCE• Building on vs. carving out a unique area of science• Take risks when necessary• Think outside of the box & challenge norms• No time to train? Find a Co-I or consultant with the expertise
  13. 13. MECHANISM• Timing is key• Know what you can handle• Partially dictated by the budget • What do you need to successfully accomplish the aims?• Fit with career goals • How many years of funding do you need? • Is protected time an issue?
  14. 14. POISE & CONFIDENCE• You are the expert on your research• Learn to own and command a room• Humility ≠ Invisibility• Market yourself (without being pompous)
  15. 15. DISSEMINATION• Weigh writing additional grants against concentrating on publications• Aim high for impact journals • The review feedback is critical for resubmissions• Establish or engage with writing teams
  16. 16. 60-Minute Live Webinar on Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 PM EST.Receive live attendance and a free recording in CD-Rom, MP4 or Transcript. 5 Key Take-Aways:• Discussion of techniques to ORDER NOW For Only $59 articulate and market your research interests Enter Coupon Code:• Review of funding sources and mechanisms, as well as the best ForYou59 fit for different levels of experience• Strategies to assemble a stellar investigative team Click Here to Order Now or• Overview of grant writing logistics, including key Call 1-800-303-0129 ext. 506 components of successful applications• Strategies to position yourself for federal funding through smaller To Learn More Click Here pilot grants and publishing in writing teams
  17. 17. III. THE SECRETSEFFECTIVE NETWORKING STRATEGIES
  18. 18. WYK • Remember: You may•Who not know someone personally, but a colleague probably•You has a connection!•Know
  19. 19. LESS IS MORE• Refine your “elevator speech” • Describe who you are and what you do in 30-60 seconds• Appease your listener • Highlight the alignment in your research • Briefly discuss their findings from the literature• Clear, concise conversations are more effective than jargon • Stay focused and on task • Watch their cues and respond accordingly
  20. 20. CONFERENCE CONNECTIONSYour conference life will never be the same!• Strategize the sessions you will attend beforehand• Extend invitations for coffee or lunch• Send follow-up emails ASAP after conversations• Set goals and timelines for future collaborations
  21. 21. BE UNFORGETTABLE• Highlight the skills/expertise you bring to the table• Market your research interests • Be mindful of the level of detail you divulge • Stimulate interest without giving the full ideaReflection Question: What makes you memorable? • Tell a story or make a personal connection • Don’t just be another business card in the pile
  22. 22. FOLLOW THROUGH• Be a (wo)man of your word• Always complete tasks, or provide advanced notice• Expect the unexpected and prepare
  23. 23. TAKE HOME MESSAGES• Nail down your 30-60 second “elevator speech”• Talk with local mentors to determine the best funding source & mechanism for your research goals• Review examples of successfully funded grants (tailor application to the funder)• Use all available resources (including conferences & colleagues) to network with senior investigators• Publish, publish, publish!
  24. 24. 60-Minute Live Webinar on Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 PM EST.Receive live attendance and a free recording in CD-Rom, MP4 or Transcript. 5 Key Take-Aways:• Discussion of techniques to ORDER NOW For Only $59 articulate and market your research interests Enter Coupon Code:• Review of funding sources and mechanisms, as well as the best ForYou59 fit for different levels of experience• Strategies to assemble a stellar investigative team Click Here to Order Now or• Overview of grant writing logistics, including key Call 1-800-303-0129 ext. 506 components of successful applications• Strategies to position yourself for federal funding through smaller To Learn More Click Here pilot grants and publishing in writing teams
  25. 25. FREE RESOURCE INTRODUCING SCIENCE PRO INSIDER The only Free Monthly eNewsletter focused on providing best practices on obtaining grant funding, lab management, career advice and much more! Inside Past Issues: • Communicating Data-Rich Results – Key Success Factors • How to Leverage Connections for Private Funding • R01 or R21? Choose The Appropriate Grant Type • Dealing with the ‘Negative’ Staffer in your Lab • Is Proper Animal Handling Part of Your Lab Culture? Start your FREE Subscription Today! Visit http://bit.ly/SciencePro Or Call 800-303-0129 ext. 506
  • mathukiyaraxit

    Apr. 15, 2018

Building a research program is not an easy task. It takes a lot of concentrated effort on behalf of the investigator, and is best facilitated by a group of committed senior mentors who can provide career guidance along the way. Most notably, the transition from working on other people’s grants to managing your own independent research ideas can be unnerving–to say the least. Many new investigators struggle with factors such as the logistics of writing grant applications, selecting the most appropriate funding source and mechanism, assembling an investigative team, and concisely articulating their research trajectory. With today’s funding climate, securing funding can be difficult. Thus, the importance of developing a solid, innovative research program is heightened. In this insightful Webinar, Dr. Brawner identifies challenges junior investigators (including postdoctoral fellows) face as they make the transition to build independently funded programs of research. She offers suggestions toward collaborating with previous mentors while also maintaining independence. Further, she provides step-by-step guidance that will help new investigators develop the confidence and skills to build their programs of research and establish a network of senior scientists.

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