Early Career Investigator Development Program


The Early Career Investigator Development Program is a program aimed at junior faculty members conducting bench science who wish to learn and refine skills related to lab management and success in basic research. Areas covered include: leadership development, grants and manuscript writing, the grant submission and review process, self-awareness as a leader, financial lab management, human resources skills, and other leadership insights.

The Office of Faculty Affairs submits a call for nominations to all Vanderbilt University School of Medicine department chairs during the Fall semester. Nominations are reviewed during November and accepted participants are notified by the beginning of December. 

Program Structure

Target Audience

  • Newly hired assistant professors on the investigator track 

Program Organization 

  • Cohort-based program
  • January - June sessions
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions 

Program Curriculum

  • Building a Career in Biomedical Research
  • Vanderbilt Resources for Investigators
  • Faculty Wellness and Resiliency
  • Management of Laboratory Personnel
  • Grant Submission and Management
  • Writing Stellar Manuscripts

For more information on the Early Career Investigator Development Program, contact the Office of Faculty Affairs