The major objective of the Mentoring Core is to provide an array of services to promote the research and career development of junior faculty, including post-doctoral associates, and students, both undergraduate and graduate.
Faculty mentoring services:
- Research funding to develop high quality pilot data and publications
- Release time from teaching to devote to research (50%)
- Institutional commitments of research space and other support
- Site visits with KBRIN funded PIs and institutional administrators
- Intensive NIH R15 proposal development workshops
- State-of-the-art training workshops in cutting edge technologies (e.g., next gen sequencing, bioinformatics, statistics)
- Formative proposal critiques in NIH format
- Pre-submission reviews of NIH R15 initial applications and re-submissions
- Access to successful R15 proposal models (The models are stored on a password-protected website. To request access, contact Whitney Rogers.)
- Extensive scientific and proposal development mentoring
- Access to state-of-the-art core facilities
- Collaborations with the state’s research intensive universities
- Identification of potential collaborators and state of the art resources within the Network
- Career development plans for post-doctoral research associates
KBRIN-mediated Faculty Mentoring is provided by the PI, PC, and other experienced researchers within the Network. KBRIN mentoring is supplemental to the collaborative processes already in place between faculty and their existing discipline-specific scientific mentors. While scientific advice is offered, assistance is provided in other areas necessary for a successful research career (.e.g., NIH proposal development, developing collaborations, finding and utilizing technical resources within the state and elsewhere, etc.). The KBRIN-process is structured to facilitate the development of federally competitive biomedical research programs with the aid of a set of best practices. These best practices are designed to complement the financial support provided through our research funding activities (see Research Support). The over-riding goal is to develop independent investigators with NIH funding who can provide superior research experiences and training for the next generation of students.
A major objective of the KBRIN program is to increase the number of students pursuing careers in biomedical sciences. To do so, we believe that students need to be exposed to original high quality research early and have the opportunity to participate in research throughout their undergraduate years. Consequently, all investigators in the KBRIN network involve undergraduate students in their research year-round, and provide training and mentoring in all aspects of the research enterprise from mastering laboratory techniques to presenting and publishing results. In addition, the KBRIN offers special summer programs at the state’s two research intensive institutions (U of L, UK) with multiple faculty mentors. Participants are encouraged to consider biomedical graduate programs at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.