AACP Catalyst

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This year-long professional development program is designed to take mid-career researchers to the next level in their research and leadership potential. Through in-person sessions, webinars and individualized guidance throughout the year, participants will build networks, identify new opportunities and develop tools and skills necessary to become the next change agents at their institution.

Application Information

2018-2019 Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2018

More information about application requirements can be found on the application information page.

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Who Participates in AACP Catalyst

  • Catalysts are individuals accepted into the program. Whether it is establishing a new research collaboration or identifying solutions to common challenges, Catalysts learn from each other and expand their research and leadership capacity through peer-to-peer mentoring. Read more about aims and activities of Catalysts in the Catalyst Role Description.
  • Catalysts receive coaching from Research Mentors, senior research administrators at the home institution who help each Catalyst identify and engage in activities at the institution to advance his or her research and leadership skills. Read more about the role and responsibilities of Research Mentors in the Research Mentor Role Description.

Refer a Catalyst

If you know an emerging research leader who is a prime candidate for AACP Catalyst, use the Catalyst Referral Form to let AACP know.  We'll contact this person on your behalf with more information and help them through the application process.

Program Benefits

Participants will:

  • Identify opportunities to build and lead collaborative research programs and centers at their institution;
  • Identify key organizational structures, policies, practices and resources essential for the growth of successful research programs;
  • Acquire approaches for sustaining a high-impact research program throughout changes in social, economic and political climates;
  • Build a network of research funders and collaborators to expand their own research and that of their institution;
  • Develop and refine skills to manage team research dynamics and position a research team for success; and
  • Develop skills to balance individual research productivity and leadership responsibilities.

Institutions will:

  • Cultivate a leader to enhance the development of early-career researchers and trainees;
  • Develop a role-model and advocate for the institution’s research program;
  • Gain an increased capacity to seek and obtain large collaborative research grants;
  • Build a network of researchers from across disciplines and institutions;
  • Expand their capacity to engage in and/or lead national high-priority research initiatives; and
  • Grow their national reputation for research.

2018-2019 Program Dates and Locations

Session I: September 24-26, 2018, Arlington, VA (Washington, D.C. area)

Session II: February 22-23, 2019, Tampa, FL (in conjunction with the 2019 AACP INterim Meeting)

Session III: April 23-35, 2019, Rockville, MD (Washington, D.C. area)

Webinars: In addition to in-person meetings, Catalysts participate in webinars throughout the year to meet with agents from federal funding agencies and other research organizations based on the interests of the Catalyst cohort. The webinars are an opportunity for Catalysts to build their research networks and discover resources and strategies to increase the impact of their research.

Tuition and Fees

$7,500 for members of AACP, AAPS, CPNP or HOPA

$7,695 for applicants who are not members of AACP, AAPS, CPNP or HOPA

Tuition includes the Catalyst's registration for the AACP INterim Meeting, Research Symposium and a discount on the AACP Annual Meeting. Tuition also includes registration for the Research Mentor to attend the Research Symposium. The nominator is responsible for related travel expenses covering transportation, lodging and some meals associated with participation in the program.