Career Development Programs at Emory


NIH Institutional Career Development Programs

Grant and Manuscript Writing Resources

Numerous institutionally initiated and supported faculty development opportunities are available throughout Emory University

  • The Pediatrics Grant Editing/Manuscript Support Core (GEMS) provides expertise to assist with final editing and of extramural grant applications and/or manuscripts reporting data generated from our pediatric research programs.  Emory faculty member, Becky Kinkead, PhD, and grant consultant Janet Gross, PhD, work one-on-one with fellows and junior faculty towards building a research track record and securing extramural funding. http://www.pedsresearch.org/research/cores/gems-core/overview/
  • Grant strategy and writing programs are offered through a School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Education organized “K Tutorial,” a 6 hour course designed to provide in-depth information and targeted grant writing assistance to faculty preparing NIH K applications.
  • Department specific grant writing help is also offered through programs such as the Dept of Pediatrics sponsored “Grant Editing and Manuscript Support Core,” which is a fully subsidized service providing comprehensive grant and manuscript editing support. 
  • The Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence organizes a faculty writing group called “The Writing Room” that is tailored to a small group of participants and designed to meet their specific needs and preferences.  The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence serves as scheduler and convener of this group and facilitates the planning and communication of the current cohort of participants. 
  • The Emory School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development offers a “Peer-Mentoring Manuscript Development Initiative,” connecting junior faculty ready to publish with experienced faculty who can provide the needed guidance and mentoring.
  • The Laney Graduate School at Emory University organizes the “Grant Writing Program” that addresses every stage of grant proposal writing inducing developing fundable project ideas, presenting projects in persuasive ways and tailoring proposals to specific funders. The program is designed so that you can participate in a series of forums and workshops that build on one another and help you to develop your proposal and dissertation project. Workshops and informational sessions are offered throughout the year.
  • The Woodruff Health Sciences Library subscribes to Nature Masterclasses, an online scientific writing course. The masterclass consists of 15 course modules, varying in length from 30 to 75 minutes each, covering the entire scientific publishing process, from planning a paper to getting it published. The modules are taught by editors from the Nature journals and cover topics ranging from "Elements of Writing Style" to "Selecting a Journal for Publication" to "Measuring Impact."

Formal Workshops and Seminars

Pediatric Research “K-Club” Meeting Series (monthly): Sponsored by the Emory Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine and the ACTSI, K-Club brings together young scientists with senior faculty who serve on study sections and who have extensive mentoring and grantsmanship expertise. Presentations may be attended in person or via a live web feed and are recorded for anytime viewing. In addition to the monthly program, attendees are offered the opportunity to meet individually with a professional grants educator/advisor for advice and direct feedback on their draft applications. K-Club topics span a wide scope and include a variety of specific sessions falling under the broad headings of

  1. Navigating the NIH and extramural research funding landscape
  2. Strategies and approaches to writing NIH and other grant applications
  3. General advice and guidance in preparing research grant applications
  4. Research administration and logistics
  5. Professional development including focused sessions on mentoring

Research Resources 101 (monthly): Research Resources 101 is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. It is a monthly series designed to introduce early career and established investigators to research resources available at Emory University and provides information about the access to and use of individual clinical and basic research resources. Topics presented range from clinical to basic science research related and include subjects like electronic resources, regulatory support, consultative services and core facilities. Presentations may be attended in person or via a live web feed.

FEED Conference (annually): Co-sponsored by the Emory Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, the Faculty Education, Enrichment, and Development Conference or “FEED Conference” is an annual full day event that includes general presentations as well as career-path specific sessions for clinical researchers and basic scientists. Regularly presented topics disseminate practical information such as use of tools to facilitate collaboration, finding research funding, the manuscript review process and the Emory promotion process.

Clinical Research Bootcamp (annually): The Emory School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development organizes and hosts an annual “Clinical Research Boot Camp,” a day-long program providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the major components involved in clinical research, including the development of sound research protocols, maintaining compliance and high ethical standards, and the successful planning of a productive research career. Specific topics addressed include study design, statistical resources and basic statistical techniques, securing research funding, Institutional Review Board considerations, conflict of interest and the importance of networking.

Junior Faculty Development Course (10 sessions over 5 months): Featuring a diverse faculty selected from throughout the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Goizueta Business School, this course presents information necessary for success in an academic medical center using a variety of formats including didactic presentations, panel discussions, group and individual exercises, and case-based problem solving. Specific topics include organizational structure and finances, teaching, presentation skills, promotions and tenure, manuscript writing, negotiation and conflict resolution and ethics.

Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program (EM-ProLEAD): The focus of EM-ProLEAD is to enrich leadership skills, enhance business knowledge, and develop strong partnerships across Emory. Aspiring leaders must be nominated by their division chiefs to be considered. The Program features lessons from campus leaders, more advanced training in financial planning and strategy, and exercises to develop recognition of individual strengths and areas for growth. The program is 10 months in length and includes mandatory 4 hour monthly sessions.

Laboratory Management Course: Once a year, the Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education offers a Laboratory Management training class to support the success of postdocs and junior faculty in establishing and managing their own independent basic science research labs. The course has five two-hour sessions with two major topics covered in each session in one-hour segments. Topics that are covered include setting up your own lab, budget management, hiring people, data management and managing the tenure-process.  The course is offered once a year in the Spring semester.  A certificate of “Lab Management Training” is awarded to all who attend all 5 sessions and complete a final course project.