October 9, 2012 Columns

Which Research Mentoring Program Is Right for You?

ASHA invites applications to two programs designed to help improve grant-writing and other research career skills—the Clinical Practice Research Institute and Lessons for Success.

Clinical Practice Research Institute

The Clinical Practice Research Institute is for researchers who can advance or shift their focus to clinical practice topics—those that are relevant to surveillance, prevention, identification, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, outcomes measurement, quality improvement, and/or service delivery—in communication sciences and disorders. Applicants must hold a PhD and have submitted a proposal for (but not necessarily received) federal research grant funding.

The program, now in its fifth year, will begin with a meeting March 8–10, 2013, at ASHA's national office in Rockville, Md. Mentors will offer training on the principles, methods, and funding mechanisms available to support clinical practice research. Participants will work with mentors and in small groups to develop their grant proposals. Mentoring pairs will continue to work together remotely before returning to the national office in September 2013 to complete their grant proposals.

The application deadline is Dec. 3. Visit the Clinical Practice Research Institute webpage for more details.

Lessons for Success

Lessons for Success is designed for early-career researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students who conduct basic, translation, or applied research and have submitted an extramural research grant proposal (success obtaining prior funding is preferred but not required). This program, now in its 11th year, prepares researchers to compete successfully for federal research funding through the mechanism most appropriate for their career stage.

During the three-day program (April 22–24, 2013) of lectures, mock reviews, roundtable discussions, and small group mentoring sessions at ASHA's national office, mentors will provide training focused on grant-writing skills and the professional competencies needed to succeed in a research career. The program is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2013. Visit the Lessons for Success webpage for more details.

The program is achieving success: According to surveys of 2005–2010 participants, 71% of respondents secured research grant funding within about two years of participation from at least one of the agencies surveyed. Almost 40% of those who submitted grants to the National Institutes of Health were successful. Of the 31 researchers who participated in the 2007 program, 97% held academic-research or research positions in 2012; of those who were assistant professors in 2007, 78% had since been promoted to the rank of associate professor or higher.

Susan Nitzberg Lott, MA, CCC-SLP, associate director of academic affairs and research education, can be reached at slot@asha.org.

cite as: Lott, S. N. (2012, October 09). Which Research Mentoring Program Is Right for You?. The ASHA Leader.

Three Pieces to ASHA's Research Mentoring Network

Lessons for Success and the Clinical Practice Research Institute are two of ASHA's three research mentoring programs, each designed for researchers at different career stages. The third program—Pathways, for entry-level researchers—is scheduled for early 2014.

Participants in all research mentoring network programs become members of ASHA's community of researchers, connected through an online social community and the Clinical Research Education Library of multimedia resources. Information on all of ASHA's research and mentoring programs is available at our website.


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