Professional Development

The programs provided here are designed to help researchers enhance their professional skills and advance their careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Through a diverse array of workshops, seminars, mentorship opportunities, and resources, INBRE Investigators gain invaluable insights into grant writing, research methodologies, publication strategies, leadership development, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

NIRF Program

New Mexico INBRE Research Faculty

The NM-INBRE Research Faculty (NIRF) program is a professional development and training program to support faculty in developing biomedical research programs and is designed to provide developmental training for faculty new to grant writing, research lab management, and/or are in the first two years of their first tenure-track faculty position, but will be open to any interested faculty at all NM-INBRE network institutions, and is required for DRPP Investigators funded by the Research Project (RP) or Pilot Project for New Investigators (PPN) mechanisms. This training is provided through NIRF virtual workshops offered every other month during the calendar year beginning in April 2024. Tentative 2024 dates are April 12, June 14, August 9, October 11, December 13.

Examples of NIRF Program Workshop Topics

Managing Academic Life

  • Creating work-life balance
  • Time management
  • Balancing professional effort
  • Effective communication
  • Dealing with adminstrators
  • Stress management
  • Identifying success barriers
  • Identifying balance
  • Countering sexism/racism
  • Mentoring
  • Managing dificult people
  • Service in academia
  • Outreach in academia

Perfecting Your Craft

  • Manuscript writing
  • Minimal publishable units
  • Effective lab management
  • Research ethics
  • Preparing budgets
  • Grant application elements
  • Dissecting funding announcements
  • Federal grant review process
  • Interpreting reviews
  • Professional networking
  • Research presentations
  • Writing with students

Spring 2024 NIRF Perfecting Your Craft Workshops

NIRF workshops run every 2nd Friday of the month,  open to any interested faculty at all NM-INBRE network institutions. All are virtual, All run from 2-5pm, with 4-5pm set aside for Q&A on any grant-related subject.

Elements of the NIH grant application, Specific Aims, Biosketch, Facilities and Other Resources

This online seminar, is scheduled for April 12th, 2024.

Attendance will require registration.

Regisration is now Closed

Preparing the NIH Budget, Significance/Innovation sections, Mentors/Collaborators, PEDP requirement

This online seminar, is scheduled for May 10th, 2024.

Attendance will require registration.

Regisration is now Closed

Approach section, Rigor and Reproducibility, Data Management & Sharing, Letters of Support

This online seminar, is scheduled for June 14th, 2024.

Attendance will require registration.

NIRF Fellows Program

The NIRF Program supports up to 5 faculty members from primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) as NIRF Fellows. These fellows receive specialized support to prepare their DRPP (Developmental Research Project Program) proposals. Around six months before the DRPP application deadline, PUI faculty are encouraged to apply for individualized assistance from NM-INBRE (New Mexico IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence). NIRF Fellows benefit from personalized grant writing guidance provided by the DRPP Director and one or more science advisors. They are also eligible for up to one month of summer salary to facilitate their grant development efforts. Additionally, NIRF Fellows must participate in NIRF “perfecting your craft” workshops to enhance their skills.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 NIRF Fellows program. We will list when applications for 2025 open here.