How Compass Works

Compass is a remotely delivered, collaborative 10 week + 6 month program focused on practical learning and mentoring.

10 Week Foundational Training

Cover best practices for leading and managing research

Create a lab manual to welcome and orient lab members
Get tip sheets, infographics, and tools to apply learning
Practice communication skills

Engage with peers to learn from one another

6 Month Application and Support

Practice applying learning

Share insights and ask questions

Get practical advice on real issues

Collaborative Approach

Compass Scholars learn by collaborating and problem-solving together not through a lecturer-knows-all approach. Scholars reflect on and share their experiences and perspectives to cultivate personal awareness and a deeper understanding of others. Collaborative learning helps to create a learning experience that fits the varied needs of Scholars.

Compass Mentoring

Compass includes peer mentoring and mentoring from experienced researchers. Small peer mentoring teams offer Scholars support and fresh perspectives on real-world challenges. Experienced mentors offer their personal insights and advice.


All biomedical faculty and postdocs in the United States who lead a lab, or plan to lead a lab, are eligible to apply.

We seek people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and disciplines to join us in creating a supportive learning community.

Compass is funded by the NIH and is free to Scholars for the duration of the grant.