AACP Catalyst

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Program Suspended: The AACP Catalyst program is currently on hold as AACP evaluates the programming and services it provides in support of researchers at colleges and schools of pharmacy. Questions regarding research-related activities at AACP can be sent to Chief Science Officer Dorothy Farrell.

This year-long professional development program was 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 build networks, identify new opportunities and develop tools and skills necessary to become the next change agents at their institution.

Program Benefits


  • 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.


  • 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.

Types of AACP Catalyst Participants

  • 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.