Are you eager to identify and develop research projects with high potential for health care impact? Would you like to work with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, nationally networked community? Join the Catalyst Spring 2021 program!
Spring 2021 Innovation Priorities
Over the first 6 months, Catalyst brings together innovators and researchers with diverse backgrounds to work in teams to identify unmet medical needs, brainstorm and evaluate potential solutions and plan research project proposals. The program starts with a dive into several priority areas for potential innovation as a way to stimulate thinking and identify unmet needs. At the end of the six month experience, projects with demonstrated potential for impact establish longer-term efforts and initiate research programs to realize impactful solutions. Learn more about the Catalyst process
We seek scientists, engineers, and clinicians from any field interested in tackling medical challenges within the following Innovation Priorities, in a program designed to accelerate impact.
Focused on real-world medical innovation opportunities
Collaboration across medicine, technology, and business
linQ Innovation Method accelerates impact
New project discovery with high potential to achieve health impact and without the constraints of a single lab organization.
Process driven by you in a multi-disciplinary team based environment. Past teams have established new lines of research, launched start-ups, and embarked on new career trajectories.
Mentored by a unique network of leading experts in their field from academic research and industry that shortens the time to realize meaningful healthcare outcomes.
A proven MIT linQ Innovation Method that focuses on real-world medical innovation opportunities and accelerates impact.
The first six months
Proof of Need
Proof of Need: Identify and evaluate relevant unmet medical needs by visiting laboratories, talking with clinicians, and exploring the literature.
Proof of Opportunity
Proof of Opportunity: Identify and evaluate a set of possible solutions. Meet with key stakeholders to assess their potential of solving the unmet need.
Project Proposal: Develop a research project plan with milestones over a 12-18 month time frame.
Outcome: Portfolio of validated research projects for ongoing mentorship, with real opportunity to transition to the project execution phase, project execution—exploration of funding and commercialization opportunities. Learn more about the Catalyst process
Who should join
Catalyst is open to those with interest and willingness to spend time in research, innovation, and health and who live or work near one of the 2021 Hubs—Boston, Memphis, and Salt Lake City.
We seek a multi-talented cohort, including:
- Early stage professionals, postdocs, fellows, graduate students, clinical, and other professional degree candidates, advanced undergraduates, etc.
- VA- and non-VA-affiliated engineers, scientists, clinicians, designers, entrepreneurs, MBAs, etc.
Participants join as individuals to form teams and identify new lines of research, rather than working to advance their existing research projects.
There is no need to know anything about the innovation priorities. In fact, individuals working in teams sometimes have to forget what they think they know about a problem to better understand another’s perspective and learn even more about the nature of a problem.
Applicants don’t need to know a lot about innovation in biomedical research either. Faculty serving as mentors will help guide you through the Catalyst process, which involves cycles of convergent and divergent thinking, trial and error, iteration, progress, reassessment, creativity, critical thinking, and more iteration.... Seldom a linear path, it is always an exciting one for those who are ready for a journey from insight to impact. You and your teammates decide which projects to move forward.
Several slots are reserved for clinicians from the Veterans Healthcare Administration sites in Boston, Memphis, and Salt Lake City.
A limited number of funded slots are available. Accepted candidates may inquire further.
- Sessions will be held 10am – 1pm (EST),
Monday, January 4 through June 28, 2021
- First Session: 10am – 1pm (EST),
Monday, January 4, 2021
Intensifications will be held in-person (assuming COVID related travel restrictions are not prohibitive):
- Intensification I (Boston), January 12-14, 2021.
Theme: Need generation/validation
- Intensification II (Salt Lake City), March 8-10, 2021.
Theme: Solution Generation
- Intensification III (Memphis), May 11-13, 2021.
Theme: Plan Generation
Workload: 20% dedication. Full time during the 3 Intensifications.
Apply to join
Application process key dates
- Thursday, August 12
LIVE Informational Webinar, 4:00-5:30pm EDT (will be recorded; available 8/16)
- Tuesday, September 1
Application deadline, 11:59pm MDT
- Week of September 14
Interview invitations to be sent
- Wednesday, September 23
Interviews, 10am-4pm (EDT)
- Week of October 1
Fellows’ acceptances announcement
- Friday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 14
Fellows garner supervisor support and respond to Catalyst offer
- Wednesday, October 14
Deadline to respond to Catalyst acceptance offer
- Week of November 9
Catalyst Fellows Onboarding Materials to be sent
- Monday, January 4, 2021
First Catalyst Session, 10am-1pm (EST)
About the application
Documents and information you will need to submit in the Application Form include:
- Curriculum Vitae (required)
- Reference letters (recommended)
- Reference contacts (required)
- Application questions (previewed below)
The objective of these questions is to know more about your experience. Remember that Catalyst will guide and train participants to identify and validate unmet needs and define solutions and research projects with high translational potential during the program, rather than support existing projects. You are not applying with a project to the Catalyst program, but you are applying as a talented individual with valuable skills to make an impact in healthcare.
Please list your core competencies, including domains of expertise and experience (75 word max)
Help us understand your CV in context. Tell us about one or two of your non-classroom, professional or research experiences--describe your role in understanding challenges, applying learnings, or influencing outcomes. (150 word max)
Describe a example of a research or professional journey in which you applied logical reasoning skills.
Please tell us why you are interested in being a Fellow in the Catalyst 2021 Program (75 word max).