Mission of the Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA)
BIA focuses on young scientists and acts as a think tank for strategic personnel development in biomedicine and for new models of academic innovation.
In addition, BIA develops incentive measures for successful translational careers. Through "early scouting" of outstanding talents and target group-specific support programs, a new generation of translationally trained young clinical and scientific professionals is being produced. The community thus created by several hundred BIA Fellows and Alumni heralds a cultural change in biomedicine that stands for translation in action.
Strategic Career Development and Talent Management
Until now, the majority of national and international funding for young scientists has focused on project funding. BIA, on the other hand, focuses on the promotion of individuals and thus strategically occupies the academic personnel development in biomedicine. BIA specifically promotes translational competencies with the help of training programs designed for this purpose. Comprehensive support programs for research-oriented physicians ("clinician scientists") and scientists with an interest in clinically relevant issues ("medical scientists") are producing a new generation of biomedical scientists. Thus, the translational chain from basic sciences to patient care is coordinated in a process-oriented manner. Target group-specific personnel development measures are designed to attract and retain the best talents and to provide them with the best possible qualifications and further development.
BIA Fields of Action
In essence, we are addressing four central points:
- reliable planning perspectives through transparent career paths,
- coordinated structures, processes and quality standards for recognizing and promoting talent, performance and potential in every career phase,
- transparency of personnel development offers for specific target groups,
- equal opportunities.
The goal of BIA is to create an attractive working environment and optimal working conditions for junior scientists to realize their research projects, complex supply tasks, research-based teaching activities as well as personal development opportunities (personnel development as organizational development).
Credo: design innovatively & manage professionally
The interdisciplinary team of BIA is composed of science managers and meta-researchers. Based on current scientific literature, own research projects and evaluations, the specific "needs" of young scientists at different career stages can be analyzed in an evidence-based manner and, building on this, target group-specific support programs can be developed, implemented and professionally managed.
Our tools for academic personnel development and support programs have national and international appeal: The BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program, for example, is a national "best practice" model: a modern career path in academic medicine that provides research-active physicians with a structured residency with contractually regulated space for clinical and basic research.
We contribute our experience in the conception and management of funding programs as well as our empirical results from the field of meta research to national and international committees (e.g. German Association of Medical Faculties (MFT) or Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHCI) and advise university hospitals in German-speaking countries.
BIA Flyer (2021)Download, Pdf (388 KB)