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Research Support

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I handle postdoc Research Records?

Primary research records created by postdocs during the tenure of their training at the University of Pennsylvania are the property of the University and are retained by the University when the postdoc leaves. If a postdoc obtains written permission from their mentor, they may retain a copy of such records as agreed upon by the mentor and the postdoc. Exceptions to this practice may be granted, subject to written prior approval of the Provost’s Office, in fields where it can be convincingly demonstrated that there is a well-established practice that individual scholars retain ownership of data generated through their research efforts. In such cases the postdocs may be permitted to retain notes and records associated with their research and publish their findings subsequent to leaving the University, provided an appropriate acknowledgement is made of the University’s contribution to the work (e.g., in the form of funding).

How does the fellow get started on his/her research?

One of the first things Fellows should do is complete an Individual Development Plan in consultation with the faculty mentor.

How do I access research funds?

Faculty mentors should advise the Fellows who will be responsible in the home department for administering the research funds. All research fund accounts are distributed in accordance with University and department policies.

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