REPORTING RESEARCH RESULTS ARE KEY TO GETTING FUNDED, YET ITS HARDER FOR SCIENTISTS TO AFFORD TO GET TO MEETINGS – TRAVEL FUNDS ARE HARDER TO FIND.
Research meetings allow investigators to develop collaborations and share their results with their peers. Yet its becoming more difficult to receive travel funding on grants and to find department funding for travel to meetings. These investigators are asked to present at research meetings and have to turn down the invitations because they are asked to pay for their own travel.
Early stage investigators, at a key point in their careers, not yet research rock stars featured on the programs of the large associations or the able to garner the limited travel dollars that departments have to offer, they are equally deserving because of the potential these experiences offer.
DEPENDING ON YOUR SCIENTIFIC INTEREST, MEETINGS ARE THE BEST PLACE TO MEET MENTORS. TRAVEL FUNDS ARE ESSENTIAL TO DO THIS.
I’ve worked on many grants where ESI’s go to research meetings to meet up with their mentors, or network with potential new mentors. Meetings are work – and are essential for new ideas and developing the future generation of scientists. They are not a luxury.
OK, SO WHY AM I GOING ON ABOUT THIS: JOIN INSPIRATION NATION!
I’ve designed and ordered a t-shirt (see above) to raise funds for Feinberg School of Medicine faculty who need financial support to attend a meeting to present their research findings. For a $20 donation to Northwestern University, you can support an NU faculty member (the first faculty member will be Stefania Fatone from the Department of PM&R) who is developing his or her research career and wear a sporty tee in the process. (Want to join the momentum and help choose a faculty member? Let me know, but you have to help raise the funds!)
100% of the proceeds support the most deserving faculty research ideas. Yeah, you heard me right.
Stay tuned to learn more about Dr. Fatone’s research – and e-mail me if you’d like to order a t-shirt (they’ll be here in 2 weeks.) You can find my e-mail address on the home page of this blog, just click on my photo.
Thanks for helping our Feinberg faculty soar.