The IU School of Medicine Skill Enhancement Award, offered through Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity, provides Associate Professors the opportunity to acquire new skills to accelerate the trajectory of their career toward Full Professor.

The skill enhancement experiences are expected to occur away from campus over a timeframe of two-five weeks. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Visiting an institution to engage with a collaborator to learn a new technique.
  • Attending technique/equipment training workshops

Awards are not intended to be used to travel to traditional scientific/clinical conferences although combining a conference with an additional immersive experience may be considered.

Eligibility

The program is limited to full-time IUSM faculty members who are at the rank of Associate Professor.

Funding

Proposals can be for any amount up to $8,000; 25% of the proposed budget must be funded through Department cost-share. All funds requested must be clearly justified in a detailed budget. Funds can be used for transportation, lodging, per diem, course/workshop fees, supplies/consumables while at partner institution, etc.  Salary is not an allowable expense.

Approximately six awards will be given out in FY18-19.

Application

Faculty members may submit applications on a rolling basis.  Applications must include the following:

  • Summary of the PI’s current research program and how this Skill Enhancement Award experience will advance their scholarship in the near and long-term (1-page max)
  • Current CV
  • Detailed budget
  • Timetable for experience (projected dates with justification of duration)
  • Letter of support from department chair or center director
  • Letter from institution where experience will take place (if appropriate)

All application materials should be converted into pdf files and submitted HERE. Applications will be reviewed by Faculty Affairs | Professional Development | Diversity and Research Administration and decisions made on a rolling basis. NOTE: Since applications are taken on a rolling basis those received early in the fiscal year will be at an advantage for funding.  Key criteria for evaluation will include time in rank (priority to those within first 1-3 years as Associate Professor), forecasted short- and long-term impact on trajectory of the PIs career, and departmental support.

Post-Experience Expectation

Faculty will be expected to provide a brief summary (1 page max) within 1 month following the experience and then a second summary 1 year following the experience.  The first summary will focus on the general outcome of the experience while the second summary will detail how the experience impacted the faculty member’s work.

Matthew Allen

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Associate Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology