The Tow Faculty Leadership Scholars program was launched in 2015 to provide non-salary research support for early to mid-career scientists from across the Mailman School’s departments and centers. The program supports leadership development, research innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration among select junior faculty who are identified as the most promising future leaders of the field. This grant will support the next two cohorts of four scholars each and provide yearly non-salary research funding. As part of the award program, the Tow Scholars will spend time together as a group, meeting to share ideas, learning from one another’s expertise and potentially launching new cross-disciplinary research projects. Each cohort of scholars will also meet with prior Tow Scholars, further expanding the prospects for mutual learning and fruitful collaboration. In addition to meeting with each other and with Dean Linda Fried, each scholar will take part in formal leadership training and coaching, both through programs at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and with an individual mentor.