Empowering Early Career Researchers

Future of Research champions, engages, and empowers early career researchers (ECRs) with evidence-based resources to make informed career choices and improve scientific research.

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Our Mission

We share resources, community, and expertise with those dedicated to advocacy work and the improvement of academic training environments.


Our projects

We promote grassroots advocacy, currently focusing on three specific projects. Click on each below to see how you can get involved.

Mentoring future scientists

Departmental or training program policies have a huge impact on the success of graduate students, postdocs, and scientific endeavors.

We convened experts and early career researchers to define major policy guidelines and excellence tiers for STEM departments.

Labor and policy

Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and research associates are among groups of academics searchers across the U.S. organizing, or participating in, unionization efforts and votes. Read our statement and review resources for unionization

international scholars

We raise awareness about the challenges faced by foreign-born researchers currently employed in US academic institutions and advocate for their needs by collecting data, disseminating findings to broad audiences.

Our leadership in action

Learn more about the importance of mentorship and resources in early career research from a Future of Research President, Fatima Sanchenznieto at TedX Chicago. 

Latest News

Our blog posts keep you informed of overall organization news as well as with statements that that Future of Research develops as part of our advocacy to better empower ECRs.