Research Training

Team Science Academy

The Office of Research Affairs is excited to launch a comprehensive research training and workforce development program: The Team Science Academy. Our vision is to create innovative and team-science focused programs to enhance knowledge, skills and experience needed to build a resilient community of  transdisciplinary and interconnected research workforce of the future. Under the Team Science Academy, we will host a variety of Research Training programs, including the R01 Boot Camp, AI Boot Camps, and the Team Science Boot Camp.

Call for 2022-2023 R01 Boot Camp Mentee Applications

R01 Boot Camp- Call for Applications open until May 21, 2022!

The R01 Boot Camp is a 9-months team-science and mentorship-focused program designed to help College of Medicine faculty members receive their first R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Mentees will receive specialized training, guidance, and camaraderie as a participant in this 9-month program. Participation is limited to faculty members who have not yet been Principal Investigators on R01 grants. Faculty Coaches with established track records of external funding and a commitment to mentoring will meet with and advise their assigned mentee peer group.

Emerging Research Scholars AI PhD Program

The University of Florida is at the forefront of AI research, spurred in part by our $80 million research and education partnership with NVIDIA, a world leader in accelerated computing, leading to a new data center that houses the fastest supercomputer in higher education. The UF Health AI academic hub will support 30+ new investigators using AI and data science to advance health around core principles of community, trustworthiness, and diversity. The digital transformation in medicine with implementation of artificial intelligence, computational biology, computer vision and digital health is a new frontier in health research and innovation. The UF College of Medicine faculty, students, and trainees will play a critical role in leading these efforts in our community, state, and nationwide.

Recognizing the increasing need for a new biomedical workforce, we are pleased to announce the creation of ten additional PhD positions in the College of Medicine under the auspices of the Office of Research Affairs. The Emerging Research Scholars PhD positions will be allocated by the Senior Associate Dean for Research Affairs every two years, focusing on emerging areas in research requiring training of additional workforce.

The first two-year cycle will allocate these positions to PhD students interested in pursuing applications of AI and data science (ERS-AI) in various domains. The program will support 100% of the student’s tuition and stipend In Year 1 and 50% of their tuition and stipend in Year 2. ERS-AI program mentors and their departments will be responsible for the balance of student support in Year 2 and Years 3-5.

ERS-AI students are enrolled in either the COM Biomedical Sciences or Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics PhD programs. They participate fully in the program to which they are admitted and also receive special training opportunities. Key features of the program include:

  • Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp prior to the start of classes in August
  • Building Trust and Sharing Narratives: science communication training experience through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
  • Special track for ERS-AI students in the fall of 2022, including an AI-focused journal club. This journal club meets the BMS requirement for a fall semester journal club.
  • Support for ERS-AI students in submitting an independent major grant (NIH F31, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, or similar) while working with an ERS-AI mentor
  • Cohort-based professional development activities
  • Mentor matching within a pool of highly engaged faculty