Early Investigators: Launching a Successful Research Career

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Beginning a research career provides exciting opportunities, but it can also be a difficult and lonely process. You will experience significant new demands on your time, particularly with the additional responsibility of running your own research team. Choosing your first independent research area, finding sources of funding and writing proposals are all at the top of your priority list — but where do you start? The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone.

There are many sources of guidance available to early career investigators, but many are often underutilized. The truth is that taking advantage of grant programs aimed at early investigators and making contact with others in your situation, including support groups outside your institution, can make all the difference.

Follow the path to career success by implementing the how-to strategies you will receive during this insightful webinar. Make the right career moves from the start, gain the confidence to keep your research program on track, and learn time management tactics to make every minute count.

5 Key Take-Aways:

  • Understanding of the proposal review process
  • Leads to institutional and national support groups
  • Ability to communicate with likely funders
  • Confidence that you can start and maintain a vital research program
  • Learning to budget your time to include time for research and proposal writing

Who Should Attend This Webinar?

Graduate students, postdocs, and pre-tenured assistant professors.


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Meet Your Presenter:

Thomas R. Blackburn, PhD— has spent thirty years as a teacher/researcher in primarily undergraduate institutions and ten years as senior program officer at a national science funding agency. Since 2003, Dr. Blackburn has been principal of Thomas R. Blackburn Grants Consultancy, a consulting service that offers proposal writing workshops for colleges, universities, and scientific societies, and individual counseling on proposal preparation (www.science-funding.com). He holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Carleton College and Harvard University, respectively. After a thirty-year career in college science teaching, he joined the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) as Assistant Program Administrator, retiring as Senior Program Officer in 2002. In the latter capacity, he managed over 3000 grant proposals (soliciting and reading over 10,000 expert peer reviews) and recruited panelists for and participated in dozens of proposal funding conferences.

This Webinar presentation is brought to you as a training tool by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. The presentation, tools presented and their contents are not connected with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nor are they endorsed by this agency. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.