Investigator Development Core

The primary aim of CLaRO’s Investigator Development Core is to enhance the scientific career development of diverse postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other early stage investigators at the University of Miami (UM). Core provides opportunities for mentorship and career enhancement to the next generation of health disparities researchers.

Key features of the Investigator Development Core:

Pilot Studies Program: CLaRO will fund 30 to 35 pilot studies to collect preliminary data related to the Center’s theme to generate new R-level grant applications.

A Scientific Mentorship Board (SMB) reviews pilot applications and actively provides expertise and guidance for proposals stemming from the funded Pilot Studies.

Summer Training Institute. This annual, two-week Research Education Training Program for early career health disparity researchers provides research experience and increases the skills needed to develop and submit competitive NIH R-level research grant applications.

Mentorship: CLaRO will link Pilot Study awardees and trainees in the Research Education Training Program to two mentors: a research mentor at UM from the SMB and a career mentor external to UM.