Research Career Development Program

To prepare qualified faculty for careers that have a significant
impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.

The Research Career Development Program aims to promote the development and advancement of early career faculty to become independently-funded investigators and leaders of transformative scientific research. The Program provides qualified faculty with a tailored framework and resources to advance their research career goals.

Program resources to support faculty include:

  • Mentoring
  • Protected research time
  • Start-up funding for research
  • Research training
  • Core research support staff

The three-year program is designed for faculty (MDs and PhDs) who are highly-motivated to pursue independent research careers. Faculty will have the opportunity to apply for participation in the program once a year and selected participants will have access to a team of experienced clinical investigators, statisticians, and core research support staff.

Core program components include:

  • Individualized research career development plan
  • Engagement in research pilot projects
  • Career and research project mentorship
  • Research education training opportunities

Average Timeline to Becoming an Independent Investigator


For more information on the Research Career Development Program, please contact Nicole Donoghue, MPH at