College of Medicine receives grant to support researchers with unexpected pandemic responsibilities

The Ohio State College of Medicine has received a grant of more than $ 500,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to help support and retain research jobs for early career faculty at the assistant professor level. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A grant awarded to the Ohio State College of Medicine in November will provide financial support ranging from $ 30,000 to $ 50,000 per scholar to help support and retain research jobs for early career faculty at the assistant professor level.

The grant, a donation of over $ 500,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists program, will support researchers who have less availability for work due to the increased care and education needs of their families during the pandemic, said Dr. Ginny Bumgardner, associate dean for medical science education and training at the college.

“The point is really to keep researchers from derailing their research careers,” Bumgardner said. “With this funding, we hope to be able to support further assistance to conduct some of the research that needs to be done to maintain the momentum of the research they are doing.”

The deadline for submitting full applications was midnight Tuesday. Applications will be reviewed in December and successful applicants will be notified in January 2022, with February 1, 2022 being the earliest grant start date.

Women, people from under-represented groups, people with disabilities or those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds were encouraged to apply, according to the application for candidates.

Dr Rebecca Jackson, associate dean for clinical and translational research and director of the Center of Clinical and Translational Science, said the grant is critical to sustaining and growing the field of research.

“We’re in danger of losing a whole generation of research clinicians, of scientific researchers, so that’s really to make sure they can be successful,” Jackson said.

Jackson said the winners can receive support for two years, and the College of Medicine hopes to be able to support a large number of faculty members.

Bumgardner said the goal is to maintain the productivity of research programs for eligible faculty through promoting the career path and funding ongoing and future projects.

Opportunities for academic advancement – such as becoming editor-in-chief of a journal or participating in a national organization – provide personal benefits for faculty and improve the reputation of the university, which Bumgardner says could be hampered or missed. by projects that are behind schedule.

Jackson said the College of Medicine hopes to learn how to best prepare researchers by taking on additional care responsibilities and engaging people in the field.

“Our goal in this regard is also to learn and sort of develop best practices on how we support women, but also men, where we have these kinds of challenges that can change the career trajectory so that we can keep our best and brightest engaged, ”Jackson said.

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