3:35 pm

Fostering success of new investigators

  • Career development programs for postdoctoral fellows

    Melanie Sinche, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Junior faculty mentoring programs

    Dorothy F. Bainton, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor, University of California, San Francisco

  • Laboratory management skills: BWF/HHMI Lab Management Course

    Peter J. Bruns, Vice President for Grants and Special Programs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • FASEB Individual Development Plan

    Philip S. Clifford, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Questions and discussion

4:30 pm


5:00 pm

Adjourn for reception in the foyer


  1. In Tom Cech’s opening remarks, a proposal for revised R01 grant application and review policies for beginning investigators was put forth. Would these revisions be useful, and what other revisions would you suggest? How would not considering preliminary data for new investigators encourage researchers to seek new areas of investigation or be willing to pursue riskier lines of research?

  2. What types of awards would enable transitions to independence? What are the benefits and drawbacks of career transition awards (e.g., R29, BWF, NMSS)? Are there different issues for different populations of scientists? For example, are there special concerns regarding the transition to independence for women? For international postdocs? For faculty at medical schools as compared with arts and science faculty? For clinical research as compared with basic research faculty?

  3. Should certain postdocs or non-tenure-track scientists be allowed to compete for R01 grants? What would be the ramifications of having senior postdocs, staff scientists, and non-tenure-track faculty apply for independent awards for universities? for NIH? Would it encourage new areas of investigation or riskier lines of research?

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