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Basic Science Research Training Track

Application Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2024 by 5pm EST

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Overview

Applications are now being accepted! This months-long program will provide late-stage fellows and early-stage faculty members structured training for launching an independent basic science research program and for preparing a grant application based on that research program. Training includes didactic instruction, experiential learning via writing accountability groups, a capstone grant application, and mock study section. Scholars are required to complete all training elements as well as an individual development plan (IDP) and submission of a grant application within 6 months of participation.

Britt Drazich Burch graduation presentation CARTI 2024 training trackThe syllabus and schedule below will be updated as dates and instructors are confirmed.

Eligibility

To participate in the CARTI Basic Science Research Training Track participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a senior postdoctoral fellow (MD, PhD, MD/PhD) or faculty member in an early stage of their research career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore with some prior research experience.
  • Have a research mentor(s)* and existing basic science research project to serve as the basis for a grant application. 
  • Have a letter of support from your Department Chair guaranteeing at least 20% protected time (8 hours/week) to conduct training and research over a 6-month period.
  • Have NOT served as a Principal Investigator on an NIH or federally funded research (R) or career development (K series) award, except those holding a K99/R00 award. Postdoctoral fellows awarded a K99 are still eligible to apply. 

* Interested fellows or faculty who have not identified a mentor should consider using CARTI mentor matching to identify a mentor prior to completing their application. For more information, contact Dr. Marey Shriver mshriver@som.umaryland.edu.  

Questions? See our FAQ page, or email Janea Williams Janea.Williams@som.umaryland.edu.

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Course timeline

Fall 2024 course schedule and syllabus

 

PROJECT DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION

 

Sept 4

Orientation

Joe Cheer

Sept 10

Path to Success

Jim Kaper

Sept 11

Determining project scope—balancing innovation and feasibility in selecting research questions/hypotheses

Stuart Martin

TBD

Rigor and reproducibility in experimental design

TBD

Sept 11

Writing an IACUC protocol

Sharon Tennant

Janna Barcelo

Sept 11

Data management and sharing

Amy Yarnell

Sept 13

Scholar discussions

 

Sept 17

Path to success

Aikaterini Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos

Sept 17

Introduction to coding: Command line and organizing a coding project

JP Courneya

Amy Yarnell

Sept 18

Intro to coding: Data wrangling with R and RStudio

JP Courneya

Amy Yarnell

Sept 18

Intro to coding: Data visualization with R and RStudio

JP Courneya

Amy Yarnell

 

SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION AND GRANT WRITING

 

Sept 24

Path to success

J. Marc Simard

Sept 24-25

Scholar presentations

 

Sept 25

Writing and publishing a research manuscript

Christy Chang

Oct 1

Writing a biosketch

Marey Shriver

Oct 1

Path to success

Asaf Keller

Oct 2

Critically reviewing a scientific manuscript

Gerald Wilson

Oct 2

Identifying funding sources

Stacie Mendoza

Marey Shriver

TBD

Anatomy of a grant

Shannon Takala Harrison

Oct 8

Specific Aims

Joe Cheer

Oct 9

How to craft a budget

Joe Cheer

Oct 10

How to use figures, tables, and charts effectively

Audrey Huang

Oct 15

Significance

E. Albert Reece

Oct 15

Path to success

Graeme Woodworth

TBD

Workshop and feedback on specific aims

 

TBD

Innovation

Joe Cheer

Oct 22

Research strategy

E. Albert Reece

TBD

Training plan

Marey Shriver

TBD

Summary and narrative

Shannon Takala Harrison

Oct 22

Path to success

Margaret McCarthy

TBD

Workshop and feedback on significance and innovation

 

Oct 29

Path to success

Claire Fraser

TBD

Responding to reviews

Shannon Takala Harrison

TBD

Developing an elevator pitch and marketing your research project

Audrey Huang

 

TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENCE

 

Nov 5

Path to success

Tonya Webb

TBD

Navigating the job market

TBD

TBD

Negotiating a start-up package

TBD

TBD

Staffing your lab and creating an inclusive research environmentTBD

 

TBD

Developing mentoring skills

TBD

TBD

Conflict resolution

Audrey Huang

Nov 19

Path to success

Peter Crino

TBD

Building and maintaining effective collaborations

Joe Cheer

TBD

Identifying a mentoring team and academic sponsors

TBD

TBD

Scholarly writing accountability group meetings

 

Dec 20

Grant deadline

 

TBD

Mock study section

 

TBD

Graduation