Funder’s Role in ECI’s Professional Development [Webinar, March 10, 2022]

The Research Workforce and Early Career Development Community held an Open Mic session on the Funder’s role in Professional Development for Early Career Investigators (ECIs).

The Open Mic session started with brief presentations about BWF’s and Simon’s Career Development strategies which are detailed on this google sheet.

We then heard from many other HRA members about what they do to provide mentoring, networking and other professional development opportunities and keep their awardees and alumni engaged with the mission of the organization. See the google sheet for details. If your opportunities aren’t listed please add them!  It is very helpful for HRA members to see what has worked and what hasn’t.

Examples include:

  • Helping grantees with the challenges that come with being in the early-career space (ie. grant writing, job search, startup negotiations, science communication to different audiences, finance/budgeting, conflict management, etc.)
  • Alumni Networks
  • Grantee Meetings
  • Mentoring programs (with and without alumni involvement)
  • Bringing in outside experts (such as the Alan Alda Center) or create training courses with specific goals
  • Creating brochures, and online resources, or tools