In addition to ongoing mentoring of research projects, RDSP faculty training in essential skills that are needed to sustain successful research programs. Skills in written and oral communication are developed through the courses as part of the Training Activities, as well as through ongoing efforts in preparing manuscripts and grant proposals. Activities also include mentoring in laboratory management, familiarization with regulatory compliance and funding agency policies, peer review process, management of laboratory resources, and skills for effective instruction of laboratory personnel.

Trainees can also participate in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Professional Advancement Initiative .