The ICAR Career Development Core (Director — Emma Perez-Costas, PhD) aims to provide services to a broad range of researchers through different initiatives:

Early Stage Investigator Program (ESIP)— this program is focused on providing support regarding networking, career development, career advice for early stage investigators, focusing on postdoctoral and early stage faculty, but with an open policy to provide resources and advice to bright predoctoral researchers interested in aging research. This program provides a variety of resources, including:

  • One-on-one guidance/mentoring regarding the grant submission process
  • Direct support during grant submission for early stage faculty who are located in under-resourced units/lack technical support for grant submissions
  • Career advice and mid to long-term planning for research portfolio development for postdocs and junior faculty
  • Networking and connecting early stage investigators with potential mentors and collaborators
  • Direct junior investigators to curated resources around campus—such as specific seminars and workshops with suggestions tailored for their career stage
  • Facilitate their access to the CCTS/COERE grant development program (GRIT) when appropriate—this is a selective program and ICAR ESIP scholars receive guidance on when to apply, how to get ready for the selection process, and we try also to provide sponsorship for those who are accepted (as funds are available)


Microgrant/Voucher program — this is a resource designed to be highly flexible, providing punctual funding support for specific needs related to research career development and specific objectives during the grant proposal development. 

Alternative careers in aging research (planned) —taking into account the constantly shrinking opportunities for PhD researchers, we propose to provide initial guidance and consultation, mainly focusing on postdoctoral researchers.

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