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Program Expectations

​​​​​​​​​Junior faculty will participate in a year-long program that includes free (all travel expenses paid ) intensive two summer institutes and mid-year two-day meeting at UC San Diego in La Jolla, California.

Participation in the LAUNCH Program requires a one-year commitment in program participation with the following tentative timeline:

  • Active participation in the Grant Writing Course: The course will tentatively start remotely prior to the in-person Summer Institute I with weekly assignments due in June 2024
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute I held in July 14-19, 2024 in La Jolla, CA
  • Attendance at the in-person in La Jolla or remote Mid-year Meeting in January 2025
  • Attendance at the in-person Summer Institute II in July 2025 in La Jolla

Please note that the Summer Institutes are designed to be intensive and immersive. You are expected to complete homework and attend evening and weekend activities during the Institutes.

Program Timeline

LAUNCH program events and activities.
Event Time Required (tentative month) Activities
Virtual Sessions and Individual Work ​​See details in the Activities​ column (June) ​Attend the program orientation (1 hour), professional development training (~2 hours), and networking (1 hour) sessions (synchronous, virtual sessions)
​Grant Writing Course classes 1 through 4: 2 hours/synchronous, virtual class time (tentatively once a week) and individual time to work on completing the assignments between classes​
Summer Institute I
at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA
​1 week (July)

Note |
Summer Institute I will be held July 14-19, 2024
Structured curriculum with training in grant writing, professional development, mentorship, building mentoring teams, and infectious diseases scientific seminars
Mid-Year Meeting
in-person in La Jolla or remote
​2 days (January) Grant review in an NIH-styled mock study section on the grant proposal started in summer, career update presentations, professional development sessions, and research and career development plans with mentors and fellow participants
Mentor conference calls ​approximately 1 hour/month or quarter Work with mentors on RCAP and an NIH R01 or equivalent grant proposal. Meet with your research mentor once a month and with your career mentor once a quarter
Summer Institute II
at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA
Up to 4-5​ days (July) ​Grant review in an NIH-styled mock study section, leadership training, career update presentation, and on-site mentoring