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Investigator Development Overview

We can help you navigate the clinical research landscape and become a better researcher through our professional education programs, interactive seminars & workshops, and on demand resources. We can also connect you to additional offerings available outside of NUCATS to meet your needs.


Professional Education

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation


Our Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program is available to medical residents, fellows, and junior faculty members who wish to receive formal training in clinical research. Students can take professional enrichment courses without committing to a full master's degree.

Leadership and Management Strategies for Clinical Investigators


This four-day program offers clinical investigators and their administrative team leaders a chance to build a foundation of research-tested management and leadership skills that can be applied to the business side of science.



Interactive Seminars & Workshops

Taking Responsibility for the Responsible Conduct of Research


Taking Responsibility for the Responsible Conduct of Research is a course designed for postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are recipients of NIH or other training awards that require training in Responsible Conduct of Research.



Succeeding With Your K Award


Succeeding with Your K Award is a highly interactive and mutually supportive peer-mentoring seminar series. It is designed for early-career faculty or post-doctoral fellows who are supported on NIH K awards and meant to help them develop the ability to look at their own work and that of others in a critical but supportive manner.


Navigating the Research Enterprise


Navigating the Research Enterprise is a seminar series for early-career faculty and postdoctoral fellows who have protected research time. Attendees will be introduced to issues such as finding sources for research funds, writing effective grants and building a network of professional colleagues.



Developing & Enhancing Mentoring Relationships


This monthly series of 90-minute workshops is designed to develop and enhance mentoring relationships from both mentee and mentor perspectives using an open discussion format, breakout groups, and hypothetical case scenarios as the impetus for participants to reflect on their own experiences in mentoring. 


Mentor Training Certificate Program


The Mentor Training Certificate Program consists of in-person and online workshops designed to train faculty in becoming effective clinical and translational research mentors.




Grant Writing Coaching Groups


Writing effective NIH proposals requires skills in research conceptualization, design, & writing. To teach the style and content of proposal writing, Rick McGee, PhD has developed a novel approach that incorporates highly effective tools of teaching & learning. This program is offered by FSM's Faculty Affairs Office.


NIH Peer Review Program


The NIH Peer Review Program offers feedback from NIH-funded Northwestern faculty who have significant experience with peer review. They will be customized to the scientific and/or career development activities being proposed. This program is offered by FSM's Faculty Affairs Office.


Starzl Academy


The Starzl Academy at the Feinberg School of Medicine offers young trainees access to the resources, financial support, and critical mentorship they need to succeed in biomedical research careers. Working across disciplines, Starzl Academy trains physician-scientists to have the skills necessary to bring cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies to the increasingly complex care of today’s patients.


Galter Library & Learning Center

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The Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center offers NU affiliates free classes via Zoom on a variety of research topics including: data management, grants & funding, and research dissemination & impact.




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