What is the Independent Investigator Incubator Program?
The Independent Investigator Incubator (I3) Program is designed to train extraordinarily successful researchers through our comprehensive mentorship program, which is specifically dedicated to new faculty during the crucial first three years of their research careers. The Independent Investigator Incubator aims to help Indiana University School of Medicine scientists generate cutting-edge research by enhancing their career development, assisting them in securing research funding, and helping them to disseminate and translate their research findings. The program is supported by the Indiana CTSI in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine’s Transforming Research Initiative.
How we help researchers
The Independent Investigator Program is a comprehensive mentorship program designed to help junior faculty members compete in highly competitive research arenas. At the division and departmental levels, each program mentee is paired with faculty mentor or mentors who have agreed to make a serious commitment to the mentee’s personal and professional success. We believe that by fostering strong mentorship relationships among IU School of Medicine faculty, the I3 program will help to perfect skills that are not solely unique to a specific scientific discipline, such as grant writing, time management, and research project management.
What we provide:
- Significant one-on-one time and professional coaching from a senior faculty “super mentor.”
- Support services, such as assistance from a professional grant specialist/writer.
- Administrative support, as well as a biostatistician.
Who can participate?
Any IU School of Medicine junior faculty member who:
- Shows potential of becoming a successful independent investigator.
- Has departmental protected research time.
- Has shown commitment of a career as an independent investigator.
How to apply
To participate in the Independent Investigator Incubator Program, those interested should submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a brief, one-page personal statement describing their research interests and career goals by filling out this online application form.
What I3 alumni are saying
“I didn’t fully appreciate all of the skills needed to be a successful faculty member. Initially I was completely focused on my research program, but as I progress towards tenure I’m realizing that there’s a lot more to it than just securing funding and publishing papers. My participation in I3 has definitely helped develop my skills in mentoring, teaching, and service.”
Stacey Gilk, PhD
“My I3 mentor was always available and helped me through all the negotiation phases for my start-up package. His help was precious and made this complicated and critical phase of a young faculty’s career significantly easier and more enjoyable!”
Andrea Bonetto, PhD
“The I3 mentoring program has provided critical support for new faculty like myself – including the fundamentals of grant writing, novelty of experimental approaches, and identification of critical networking/collaborative opportunities. I believe such support will be crucial for the success of junior faculty.”
Kok Lim Kua, MD