As a research-intensive university with a prominent medical center, UNC-Chapel Hill has been a leader in conducting clinical trials of drugs, technologies, and other interventions to improve patient care and treatment. Many of our physician faculty find that they need a better understanding of the complex landscape of clinical trials when they step into the role of leading or co-leading them.
Co-sponsored with NC TraCS and Lineberger Cancer Center, the Clinical Trial Investigator Series (CTIS) helps investigators understand their responsibilities when conducting clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other types of interventions for which a clinical trial design might be necessary. The series is ideal for faculty members, residents, clinical fellows, and postdocs who are, or aspire to be, clinical trial investigators.
NOTE: We will end offering modules for this series as of Fall 2016. We will keep lecture-capture for the following modules: Introduction, Clinical Trial Study Designs, and Protocol Development. Click here to access lecture-capture of any one of these modules.
Principal Investigator Development Series
Helping Faculty With Their Multi-Faceted Role as Principal Investigators (PIs) on Research Projects
Congratulations, you got the grant! Now what?
A faculty member who becomes a Principal Investigator (PI) on a research project quickly realizes that being a PI demands new and different roles and responsibilities to establish a successful research program. Many faculty members can find the demands of project management and managing people overwhelming.
The PI Development Series introduces PIs to an array of helpful topics relating to their responsibilities in conducting and overseeing research projects at UNC-CH. The audience for this series is faculty and postdocs who are PIs or who are about to be new PIs. The series does not accommodate research staff or students at this time.
The Series consists of 2-hour modules that are both didactic and interactive to help PIs establish their research programs at Carolina. Eligible participants can attend whichever of the modules they choose. Junior faculty or postdocs on career development or training grants can receive a certificate of completion for the modules they attend.
The modules take place on Thursdays during the morning hours. Real-time remote viewing and lecture-capture options for later viewing are available. A Sakai site for the series stores all of the presentations and supplemental material covered in the modules. Viewing options and the Sakai site are only available to those who register for the modules.
- Here is a lecture-capture link to view the modules that already happened in Fall 2016: Introduction and Managing Your Research Team
- Register (click link) for the Spring 2017 modules:
- Understanding PI’s Role in Data Security and Sharing (Focuses on helping PIs understand their role in ensuring compliance with UNC-CH policies related to securing and sharing their research data)
- Laboratory Management and Budgeting (Focuses on different aspects PIs need to think about relating to laboratory management and budgeting)
- Project Management and Budgeting in Non-Lab Settings (Focuses on different aspects PIs need to think about relating to project management and budgeting in different types of research settings that are not lab-based)
The CFE and NC TraCS co-sponsor a University-wide faculty mentoring training program entitled, Being Better Faculty Research Mentors (BBFRM). BBFRM is intended for faculty members interested in improving their mentoring relationships with their mentees (mentees can be postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, or even other junior faculty members) to help these different groups of mentees be successful researchers in their stages of careers. Based on a curriculum developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), this program consists of 8 1-hour sessions focused on the following topics and skills:
- Maintaining Effective Communication
- Aligning Expectations
- Assessing Understanding
- Fostering Independence
- Professional Development
- Addressing Equity and Inclusion
- Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan
BBFRM has modified the original NRMN curriculum to engage a broad discipline of faculty researchers and emphasize the importance of inclusive mentoring from the beginning of the curriculum.
You must be willing to commit to all 8 sessions to participate in the program. These sessions are not didactic, but rather, involve group work and extensive faculty participation. The program will be led by CFE and TraCS facilitators to guide faculty through the material, different case studies, and activities in each of the sessions.
Note: This program is ideal for faculty who have research programs or beginning to build research programs in which they mentor different types of mentees. This program also can be used to fulfill faculty mentor training criteria in NIH T32 programs and/or to demonstrate ongoing training in Responsible Conduct of Research (if your grant requires mentoring).
Cohorts for this program will occur throughout the year. If interested, please contact the Research Coordinator, Sohini Sengupta, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and be a part of the next cohort of faculty.
The next BBFRM training will occur in April 2017. If you are interested in being in this cohort, complete this form to let us know of your availability in April 2017.
Summer Writing Group Program
Faculty members across UNC-Chapel Hill differ in many ways as researchers and scholars. They study different things, use different research methodologies, and write for different audiences. But they have in common that they are all writers.
The Summer Writing Group (SWG) Program brings together faculty members from all disciplines and career stages in small groups to help spur writing productivity and foster cross-disciplinary connections.
The SWG Program begins with an orientation meeting in May that allows interested faculty members to meet with the groups to which they have been assigned on the basis of their expressed preferences. Groups meet regularly throughout the summer at times that suit them and have the freedom to structure their writing group activities as they wish.
Summer Writing Group Program Orientation Meeting
Come and learn about the Summer Writing Group Program. You will have the chance to meet other faculty members in pre-assigned groups based on writing group preferences you express when you register.
When: Friday, May 5, 2017, 12pm-2pm (lunch included)
Location: Pleasants Room in Wilson Library (on 1st floor of Wilson near grand entrance)
Click here to register for the Orientation.
In a research-intensive institution of higher education, to conduct research often means to secure intramural and extramural funding for your projects. The CFE offers grantsmanship workshops targeting different types of grant programs or funding agencies. In the Fall, CFE does grantsmanship workshops for graduate students on NIH F31 and NSF grants, and for faculty and postdocs, workshops on NIH K and R grants (already occurred for Fall 2016).
Spring 2017 grantsmanship offerings are the following:
Only faculty and postdocs can register for:
- NSF Grants for Faculty
- Repurposing Research Ideas for Different Grants
- Fulbright Information Session