[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Viewpoint
January 2018

Mentoring of Early-Stage Investigators When Funding Is Tight: The Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research Experience

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(1):4-6. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3396

Scientific progress requires a sustained multigenerational momentum whereby new discovery builds on previous successes and failures. To achieve this legacy, the scientific community must look past the short-term gains that can be achieved through most 3- to 5-year grant mechanisms and consider how to develop systematic approaches to efficiently integrate and train early-stage investigators (ESIs). With only 10% to 18% of career development (K) grant awardees successfully transitioning to become independently funded scientists, finding ways for effective early training is imperative.1

×