Leaders from the CCTSI have developed a new course offering to enhance research career success: Researcher Management & Leadership Training is a massive open online course on the global learning platform Coursera. This course is targeted to early career researchers and mentors who believe that modern scientific careers require management skills and want to be research leaders—especially current and future principal investigators. The curriculum is designed to deliver skills to effectively implement funded projects, thereby enhancing research career success. Research leaders take on a number of new roles, rights, and responsibilities—as scientific leaders, financial administrators, managers, and mentors. In this course, we explain how to optimize the people, teams, and finances for which you are responsible. Course content includes an action learning plan, and lessons on leadership, finance and administration, management—starting, growing and maintaining teams, and mentorship. Content includes 150 video didactic lessons, personal stories, and Q&A interviews with early career researchers, senior scientists, and administrative leaders from the CCTSI and CU Anschutz.
Assess the importance of management and leadership skills, and identify approaches to optimize resources when building a research career.
Identify key financial and administrative responsibilities for researchers, including regulatory compliance, financial reporting, and budgeting.
Understand how to effectively manage a research group: hire new people, manage existing employees, and engage teams to cultivate a positive culture.
Compare key responsibilities for mentors and mentees, strategically build mentorship teams, and enhance mentorship using coaching and sponsorship.