Investigator Career Development Resources

Investigator EducationNorthwestern offers workshops and seminars that provide early career faculty members with knowledge of Northwestern's resources available to support and teach critical skills for their careers in research.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI): This program, developed primarily for faculty and fellows at Northwestern University, provides instruction in methods and practices in clinical research. 

Navigating the Research Enterprise: This annual seminar series is offered in an effort to provide development opportunities for all early career faculty members and postdoctoral fellows at NU who have protected research time. 

Taking Responsibility for the Responsible Conduct of Research: This course is offered annually in the fall quarter for postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and junior faculty who are recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other training awards that require training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). 

Grant Writing Assistance for Junior Faculty: Grant writing assistance is available through two programs offered through the Feinberg School of Medicine's Faculty Affairs Office: The NIH Grant Writers Group for Early Career Faculty and Pre-Submission Peer Review of NIH Proposals. Faculty interested in joining the groups should email Rick McGee at

Succeeding with your K Award (3rd Mondays): This monthly seminar is a highly interactive and mutually supportive peer-mentoring program designed to develop critical professional skills for all NU researchers with an active K award or other federal career development funds. 

Good Clinical Practice Training: This training is required of all investigators and research staff who are listed on an IRB protocol as of January 1, 2017. Training is valid for 3 years. 

Mentoring Services and Resources: CECD Mentoring Services are offered to develop the faculty mentoring culture throughout Feinberg as a whole and for individual departments on request. 

Physician Scientist Training Program: The PSTP provides protected research time for clinical residents who wish to pursue an academic-clinician career.

Research Resources for Investigators: Additional resources in NUCATS and Feinberg.

Questions? Contact the CECD navigator.