Career development is a critical component of the SPORE. The primary goal of the POCRC Career Development Program (CDP) is to facilitate the progress of translational, interdisciplinary, and leadership research skills in outstanding junior investigators who are developing careers in translational ovarian cancer research. The program also fosters established investigators who seek to broaden the scope of their research expertise by incorporating a translational research focus in ovarian cancer. The benefits of the program extend beyond the Career Development award recipients themselves, through opportunities for scientific exchange afforded to mentors and review committee members by the CDP requirements and committee structure. Over the past ten years, the POCRC Career Development Program has awarded $800,000 in total funding support to 15 scientists (16 awards) who have become POCRC investigators.

The CDP has been designed to take advantage of the strengths in basic, clinical and public health sciences at the FHCRC, and translational research strengths in the POCRC at-large. We offer investigators at all levels an opportunity to actively participate in the CDP either as mentors, review committee members, or awardees. The program has three areas of career development emphasis: training in translational research methods, cross-training in the various disciplines involved in translational research, and exposure to the leadership perspective including infrastructure development and coordination.

Under the guidance of an interdisciplinary mentoring committee, a CDP awardee will explore diverse scientific approaches to specific biomedical questions. By working through scientific problems with mentors, the awardee will develop not only the skills of an independent investigator, but also the perspective and tools of the translational scientist.

Please contact us if you would like to be notified of the next CDP RFA.

See more information about currently funded CDPs.