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Training


The INSPIRE fellowship is designed to be flexible and individualized, allowing scholars to tailor training to their content and research field needs. The main objective of the program is to provide in-depth and rigorous training in all aspects of translational research. 

The foundation of the INSPIRE Program rests on five components:

  • Mentored research

    • This apprenticeship style of training is uniquely effective at launching an early career in research. Hands-on experience in an active research project is an important developmental activity and in terms of time, this will be the primary activity of the INSPIRE trainee. Paired with an approved mentor, the trainees’ premier responsibility will be to develop and pursue a well-designed, impactful research project, with oversight from their mentor. 
  • Participation in the INSPIRE seminar

    • This weekly meeting is open to INSPIRE members only and gives fellows the chance to interact with other trainees, program administrators, mentors, and leaders in the field. Each fellow presents their INSPIRE project twice per year; has writing samples reviewed by peers twice per year; and invites and hosts an expert in the field once per year. 
    • PDF iconFeb 4 2020-21 INSPIRE Seminar Calendar.pdf
  • Grant writing

    • All first-year INSPIRE fellows attend a two-day workshop entitled "Writing Winning Grant Proposals." The workshop comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is targeted specifically to faculty and postdocs. Topics include: understanding funding priorities, grantsmanship skills, and the review process.
    • INSPIRE fellows are encouraged to develop grant proposals during their tenure in the training program. The INSPIRE Writing Group provides an outstanding opportunity to receive feedback on abstracts, specific aims, and methodology.
  • Career development coursework

    Additional required coursework is provided by the Translational Biomedicine (TBM) Program. These courses provide insights into translational science career development. In addition, they also satisfy some of the requirements for the Masters of Science in Translational Biomedicine, a degree program available to INSPIRE fellows.
    • TBM:5002 TBM Critical Thinking and Communication: Study Design and Commercialization. Students learn about various study design methodologies and the process of commercialization. Students will also present their current projects.
    • TBM:5003 TBM Critical Thinking and Communication: Scientific Writing and Presentation Strategies. This course takes scholars through the grant development process, journal writing process, and the process for developing effective scientific presentations.
    • TBM:5004 TBM Critical Thinking and Communication: Career Development and the Funding Process. The course is designed to build scientific management skills including and understanding of the university structure and tenure; lab leadership; staffing; time management; project management; and getting funded.
    • TBM:5005 TBM Critical Thinking and Communication: Leadership, Teamwork, and Mentoring. Leadership skills for managing and developing a research team; leading and organizing a team; managing and sharing resources with other faculty and fellows; finding, hiring, and keeping good people; leading productive meetings; delegation strategies; resources and tools for mentors; information on applying and teaching leadership skills to mentees.​
  • Degree programs (optional)