What is an SBS Core Think Tank Session?

You may have seen our previous announcements for the CFAR SBS Core Think Tank meetings and wondered: What is an SBS Core Think Tank session and how might it be beneficial for me?

SBS Core Think Tank sessions are brainstorming sessions that bring together investigators and SBS Core leadership to assist investigators in thinking through potential research concepts, study designs, methodology, etc. to help them progress in the proposal development process.

They’re ideal for early stage or first-time investigators who may want help navigating certain funding streams, who are looking to polish their existing grant applications, or who just need specific guidance on how to get started. They’re also ideal for established investigators who want a sounding board for their new ideas.

Think Tanks sessions are informal and flexible to meet the needs of investigators. However, to make the most out of each session, we request that investigators seeking advice bring as much background information for their idea(s) as possible. Investigators are also welcome to invite mentors and colleagues from their departments.

We aim to have at least two participants at each 1-hour session, allowing about 30 minutes for each investigator to present their ideas and then plenty of time for discussion. We have also developed a confidentiality and integrity statement for all participating individuals to follow to ensure protection of all ideas.