Research Development

A number of resources are available to support the development of careers in research.

Check out our 2013 - 2014 Programs here


Quick Guide to Research: Office of the Executive Vice President for Research
A listing of the Offices and services under the EVP’s Office

Research Radiation Safety Handbook
A reference guide for faculty and staff who conduct research involving the use of ionizing radiation.

Use the WorkWeb to find expertise, collaborators and resources here at CUMC, and allow people to find you. The service is developed and sponsored by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.


Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities
A course for  Graduate Students, Post Doctoral Fellows/Scientists, New Investigators, Faculty, and Administrators running from late January through early April. Those not wishing to formally register are welcome to audit any of the sessions described below.

NIH K-Award Workshop
The Office of Faculty Professional Development typically offers this workshop once a year

The Grant Application Writers Workbook:
National Institutes of Health Version (3 copies)
National Science Foundation – FaseLane Version (1 copy)
Successful Proposals to Any Agency (1 copy)
Authors: Steven W. Russell and David C. Morrison; Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops

Copies of these workbooks for loan are available from the Office of Faculty Professional Development. They are also available at


Mentoring Training Series
The series of programs sponsored by the Office of Faculty Professional Development and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research explores skills and competency areas important for mentoring using a case-based and activity driven approach.  Separate sessions for mentors and mentees are given throughout the year. The course is comprised of 5 1.5 hour sessions.

HHMI: Making the Right Moves
A book for new faculty or postdocs exploring the various aspects of being a faculty member and running a research group.

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator (2nd edition)
Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2005

A guidebook for those setting up a new laboratory and those entering a laboratory. Topics cover general lab organization and set up geared more towards the new P.I. and tips and best practices regarding common lab techniques and working in a research group.

At The Helm: A Laboratory Navigator, (1st edition)
Kathy Barker, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2002

Based on extensive interviews with seasoned researchers, this book covers an array of management challenges that investigators face and the skills that promote success in establishing a success research career.

Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide
L. Michelle Bennett, Howard Gadlin, Samantha Levine-Finely, NIH August 2010
A guidebook addressing the important features of collaborative/team science and best practices for helping ensuring a successful outcome to these partnerships.

Career Advice for Life Scientists I, II and III

A series of essays and articles by scientists covering a range of issues for early career – and not so early career – researchers.
Published by the American Society for Cell Biology


Information and links to these individuals’ and organizations’ services and resources are provided for the convenience of the university community. Columbia University does not endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered by these individuals and organizations.

Grantwriting and Science Writing Assistance
Miriam Gordon, Ph.D. /
Beth Schachter, Ph.D.  

Local Organizations

New York Academy of Sciences
Develops and hosts scientific meetings and professional development workshops for the science community.

New York Academy of Medicine

For more information on our course offerings, please see our Program Calendar.

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