The NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium (NASDC)

The NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium (NASDC)


The NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium (NASDC) provides NCI-funded, junior faculty, educational opportunities to enhance their skills in areas that are not traditionally part of research training programs, but are critical for maintaining successful, long-term, academic research careers. These areas include: cutting edge techniques in cancer research, leadership, mentorship, coping and networking/collaboration skills.

Who is eligible?

  • Current NCI K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, K25, R00, R21, or first R01-equivalent grantees (R01-equivalent grants are defined as activity codes DP1, DP2, DP5, R01, R23, R29, R37, R56, RF1, RL1, U01)
  • Junior faculty (e.g., assistant professors, instructors, research scientists, or equivalent)

Courses will take place at the institution listed below and are scheduled to be on-line, in-person or a hybrid combination beginning early 2021 and reoffered twice in FY22 and FY23. The NCI Awardee Skills Development Consortium is funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, through Cooperative Agreements and offered to eligible faculty at no cost to participants. The application process is competitive.

Advanced Course on Mentorship and Leadership on Cancer-Related Health Disparities
Kolawole Okuyemi, MD, MPH, and Mia Hashibe, PhD
University of Utah
Dates: Starting September 20, 2021
Delivery format: TBD (in-person vs. virtual)

Academic Career Skills: Leadership, Collaboration and Resilience
William Pirl, MD, MPH, and Jennifer Temel, MD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (DFCI/MGHCC)
Dates: Sept. 22-24, 2021 ( - EST)
Delivery format: virtual

The Cell and Gene Therapy Toolkit for Junior Faculty
Elizabeth Hexner, MD, MSTR; Andrew Fesnak, MD, MHCI; Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD, and David Mankoff, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (UPenn/CHOP)
Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2021 (12- EST)
Delivery format: virtual

Immuno-Oncology for the Translational Researcher Short Course
Ushma Neill, PhD, and Jedd Wolchok, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)
Dates: Oct. 25-27, 2021 ( EST)
Delivery format: virtual

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center is the coordinating center for NASDC. All inquiries should come through the coordinating center at [email protected].

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