Career Development Program

The Career Development Program within the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE trains investigators beginning their careers in translational, multidisciplinary research studies of gliomas and other primary brain tumors and helps them demonstrate clear potential to become independent translational researchers.


The Career Development Program focuses on:

  • Junior faculty investigators (instructor or assistant professor level)
  • Laboratory-based investigators who have outstanding research potential to become independent investigators in brain cancer translational research but who aren't yet independently funded to perform research
  • Clinicians with demonstrated interest and ability in translational research who are committed to careers in brain tumor translational research and interested in additional research training

Early career investigators must identify a mentoring team with one primary mentor and others with relevant expertise in basic, population and clinical or translational research. The primary mentor should have external research funding in brain cancer, show translational research productivity, and have the willingness to commit the time and assistance needed to maximize applicant success.

The Career Development Program provides up to $50,000 a year for one or more awards each year. The Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE calls for applications annually. Experienced SPORE investigators formally peer review the submissions.

Funds are awarded based on:

  • The qualifications of the applicant, with emphasis on prior productivity and potential for success as an independent translational brain tumor researcher
  • The significance, scientific merit and translational potential of the proposed research
  • The value added to the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer SPORE
  • The qualifications and track record of the primary mentor


The co-directors of the Career Development Program are: