Today in the latest edition of INScope we’re announcing our newest initiative to support and encourage our research faculty — in particular junior researchers — as we make our way in the new world of tight funding and miniscule paylines at the NIH.
Introducing the Independent Investigator Incubator, or I3, or as some of you have heard me say, “I-Cubed.” The I3 was created by, and will be led by Aaron Carroll, now the associate dean for research mentoring at IUSM.
The idea is to spin off successful researchers similar to the way business incubators are created to spin off successful new businesses. Instead of offering shared office equipment and legal services, we’re offering senior faculty “supermentors.”
To quote Aaron, “we’re offering resources and the ability to be paired with very successful faculty members who have agreed to make a serious commitment to the personal and professional success of junior independent investigators.”
In addition, there will be support services available including a professional grant writer and a biostatistician.
Mentoring is an important goal in our strategic plan, the Transforming Research Initiative, and the I3 also is supported by the Indiana CTSI. An I3 portal is under development on the Indiana CTSI web site.
Thinking of the work of enhancing and growing our research enterprise as a complex puzzle, then the I3 provides another important piece, along with our Industry Collaboration Portal led by JaiPal Singh, our incentives to encourage T32 training grants, the Project Development Teams and other CTSI initiatives and our Peer Review and Mentoring Committees.
I particularly want to remind you about the Peer Review and Mentoring Committees, which are ready and waiting to help turn those “oh-so-close” grant applications into successful resubmissions. You can learn more and get started on the PRMC section of the CTSI web site.