Faculty Professional Development, Training and Mentoring

Education & Training

Faculty Professional Development, Training and Mentoring

Lee Strucker, Fred Hutch training manager, leading a class.

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Fred Hutch emphasizes training and mentoring as essential to faculty leadership development. Through formal classroom training, professional development seminars as well as panel discussions, faculty gain fundamental skills and knowledge for building and managing an effective scientific research lab.

Primary areas of focus include: building and managing scientific teams, mentoring and seeking mentorship, grantsmanship, financial management, and research ethics.

Mentoring Committees

Each of Fred Hutch’s research divisions and programs have well established approaches to faculty mentoring. Committees are coordinated by the respective Division or program and work closely with junior faculty to provide feedback and conduct evaluation processes.

Management and Leadership Courses

Management Labs for Scientists

The Hutch offers a series of three management labs for scientists. These sessions provide updated information on recruiting and hiring staff, practical tips for managing and leading people and perspectives from seasoned researchers on mentoring and being mentored. Please contact Lee Strucker, lstrucke@fredhutch.org, for the current course schedule.

The Art and Science of Management

This 4-day course gives participants in-depth practice and experience with performance management, conflict resolution, leadership, and leading change. It is open to all managers at the Hutch including scientists.

Leading Change: A Series for Managers (each class is 3 hours long)

  • Session One: How to Create Change That Sticks
  • Session Two: How to Keep Work Moving During Change
  • Session Three: Being Adaptable in the Face of Resistance
  • Session Four: How to Stay Sane by Building Psychological Flexibility

How to Mentor Others
The job of everyone who manages is to help develop their staff both to gain depth in their current positions and to become ready for increased responsibility. This 5-hour session helps participants develop the skills to mentor and develop others.

Public Speaking

Two courses are offered for faculty related to giving presentations, both to scientific colleagues and lay audiences. The two hour course covers fundamentals. The two day course offers extensive practice and development of materials. To register, please access the training registration page on CenterNet.

The Institute for Translational Health Studies
Fred Hutch is a partner institution of the Institute for Translational Health Studies (ITHS). The ITHS Education Program supports investigators, graduate students, scholars, and research support staff through the development and maintenance of curriculum and career development education. Course offerings include topics like collaboration, mentoring, and leadership.

Research Ethics

Fred Hutch offers lectures, panel discussions, web-based training, colloquia, and case study discussion groups that provide faculty, staff and trainees with a variety of opportunities to engage in discussion and education on the responsible conduct of research. Along with other topics in the responsible conduct of research this includes human subjects training and training in the use of animals in research.  View current offerings

Grantsmanship and Financial Management

K Award Advice Panel

Visit our Office of Scientific Career Development to see the current offerings including K Awards panels with current recipients of K awards speaking to what helped them achieve success.

Courses Conducted by the Office of Sponsored Research:

Fundamentals of Sponsored Research
The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) focuses on funding from external entities via a variety of mechanisms including grants or contracts with a related transfer of value to the sponsor, including clinical trials involving investigational drugs, devices or biologics.

This course identifies Fred Hutch’s main groups of funders, the types of research they prefer to fund, what types of funding are available and how you find those research dollars.

Fundamentals of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
As Fred Hutch's main funding source, it is vital that those involved in research and administration be familiar with the NIH. This course provides a look at the ins-and-outs of the NIH including structure, policy, funding mechanisms, basic rules and guidelines.

Training and Career Development Award Fundamentals
The NIH supports Research Training and Career Development programs to help prepare individuals for careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. This course helps identify the purpose of each type of award and is organized to help you target your particular educational or career stage to find out what programs are available for you. It is important to keep in mind that program details and areas of emphasis may vary across NIH Institutes and Centers . Therefore, you are encouraged to contact an Institute or Center Training Representatives to discuss specific programs and how they fit your training and career goals.

Overview of Sponsored Projects
Sponsored research project administration encompasses a wide and complex array of topics. This course builds on the Fundamentals class by examining the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of a project. Beginning with the identifying a funding opportunity and ending with the closeout of a project while covering key items in between.

Application Preparation: Attachment A, Routing & Review
Before any application for funding (regardless of type) is submitted to an agency it must be internally reviewed and approved by the division, the Institutional Review Office, Environmental Health and Safety and OSR. This Fred Hutch compliance requirement includes a signed and completed Attachment A (internal routing document) and application components which are discussed here.

Application Preparation: NIH ASSIST
The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system is used to prepare and submit grant applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service agencies. Here we discuss how to get started, complete and submit your application.

Application Preparation: SF424 (R&R)
The Standard Form 424 Research & Related (SF424 (R&R)) electronic application set is required for some Department of Defense and National Science Foundation proposals. Topics including Grants.gov functionality, the components of the SF424 (R&R) grant application package, how to complete the SF424 (R&R), the basic submission process as well as OSR processes, policies and submission timelines.

The NIH eRA Commons
All NIH business is conducted through the Commons, and electronic portal and home of grants business. eRA Commons features, functionality, preparing JIT (Just-in-Time) information and management of information and reporting requirements are examined.

Application Preparation: Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
Non-competing progress reports and their related forms are discussed.

Subagreements under sponsored research programs involve the use of a third party to perform part of the approved, programmatic work. Class emphasis will be place on materials needed for review and submission, the process, and required Fred Hutch documentation to successfully manage and complete a subagreement.

Building a Budget 101
An applicant's budget request is reviewed for compliance with the governing cost principles and other requirements and policies applicable to the type of recipient and the type of award. This course provides an introduction to financial matters with particular reference to building a project budget. An explanation of how budgets are prepared for research projects including the application of the Fred Hutch's costing and pricing policies to research grants and contracts is included. Class includes a discussion of common issues and problems that arise when preparing budgets and will include a working example and opportunity for questions.

Award Acceptance
The Notice of Award (NOA) is the legal document issued by a grantor to notify the grantee that an award, based on a submitted proposal, has been made and that funds may be requested from the designated Health and Human Services (HHS) payment system or office. A NOA is issued for the initial budget period and each subsequent budget period in the approved project period and reflects any future-year commitments. The NIH NOA contains standardized sections that should be recognizable and understood. In addition, details on the processes that occur when an award is received will be discussed.

Award Management
The Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is ultimately responsible for conducting the sponsored program in accordance with Fred Hutch and sponsor regulations. This responsibility requires expert knowledge of the issues related to sponsored program management. This course will examine at a high level all facets of managing a project prior to closeout.

Cost Allocation, Direct Charging and Budget Management
Managing a sponsored project requires detailed attention to cost allocation, direct charging as well as ongoing budget management.

The focus of this session is to provide a more in-depth look at allocation of costs and managing a budget over the life of a project.

Closeout is the final stage in the lifecycle of sponsored research award. During this phase, OSR ensures that all applicable administrative actions and required work of a project have been completed by the grantee. The course also examines the process OSR undertakes to make any final fiscal adjustments to a grantee's account.

Other Fred Hutch Resources

Organization Development Services for Scientists
The Organization Development group offers one-on-one consultations, coaching, leadership and team development, meeting and retreat facilitation, assessments, and mediation services to scientific faculty. for more information contact Lee Strucker at (206) 667-1247 or lstrucke@fredhutch.org; Louise Carnachan at (206) 667-3659 or lcarnach@fredhutch.org or Kim Wells at 9206) 667-2789 or kwells@fredhutch.org.

Limited Applicant Award
Limited applicant opportunities are external sponsored research grants that limit the number of applications that can be submitted by Fred Hutch. Limiting the number of applicants minimizes the number of applications reviewed by the funding agency and gives Fred Hutch the advantage of selecting the best candidate(s) for the award program. Applications are reviewed by an internal committee prior to the agency deadline. Each research division contributes members who serve on the committee. The committee evaluates the pre-proposals and selects the candidate(s) most likely to receive funding. This maximizes opportunities for junior faculty to compete successfully for prestigious national career awards and prizes.