Resource Directory

The OACD Resource Directory contains a list of websites, organizations, and resources on a variety of topics related to your career development and success. You can refine the results by using any combination of the search options below including keyword, category, and audience.

Career Specific Development
Postdocs, Administrators

The US National Academies Press provides a guide for postdocs, advisors, instituions, funding organizations, and disciplinary societies regarding enhancing the postdoc experience. View the free PDF guide here.  

Career Specific Development, Networking, Professional Development
Faculty, Postdocs, Grad & Med Students

Explore on-demand access to the mentoring, tools, and support that trainees and current faculty members need to be successful in the Academy. All Pitt trainees and faculty have free access to a subscription to this resource. 

Career Exploration, Career Specific Development, Employment Postings, Professional Development
Postdocs, Grad & Med Students

A great resource for postdocs and graduate students, the National Postdoctoral Association is a non-profit 5013 educational organization in the United States that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of the postdoctoral experience for all participants. To join, go to this page- - and sign up as an "Affiliate Individual Member", selecting the option, either postdocs or graduate students, that matches your career stage.

Research, Research Funding
Faculty, Postdocs, Grad & Med Students, Administrators

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Learn about these programs, as well as about NIH's budget process, grant funding strategies, and policies, and more.

International, Research, Research Funding
Faculty, Postdocs

K awards provide support for senior postdoctoral fellows or faculty-level candidates. The objective of these programs is to bring candidates to the point where they are able to conduct their research independently and are competitive for major grant support.

Faculty, Postdocs

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

Career Transition, Job Search Skills, Professional Development, Videos
Faculty, Postdocs, Grad & Med Students

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) provides recordings of their programs and lectures that can be viewed at your convenience. 

Research, Research Funding, Videos
Faculty, Postdocs, Grad & Med Students

Are you applying for a NIH grant? The NIH offers a four-part video tutorial series that walks you through the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting your application. These short videos will provide you with a basic overview of the process, as well as a variety of tips for success, and are available to view for free anytime. 

Postdocs, Grad & Med Students, Administrators

This page offers information and resources for postdocs on managing their family lives while furthering their research careers. Some of these resources were developed as part of NPA ADVANCE, a National Science Foundation-funded project to foster the advancement of postdoc women into faculty careers.

Research, Research Funding
Faculty, Postdocs, Grad & Med Students

The National Science Foundation(NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.