IMPACT provides career development for post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral trainees through a six-month mentorship program to focus their work for heightened real-world value. It was prototyped in 2015 at MIT through the Innovation Initiative, and has since won a grant from the National Institutes of Health to sustain it for five years. The expanded program now includes trainees from research institutions across the region — currently including Brandeis, Harvard, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts, Mass Eye and Ear, and UMass Medical, as well as MIT.

The program is designed to help trainees, known as IMPACT Fellows, to sharpen their career focus, explore alternative career paths, and develop their skills at articulating their work for diverse audiences. Meeting weekly, Fellows work in groups and 1:1 sessions with mentors. Upon completing the program, trainees will have obtained first-hand experiences exploring important personal and professional challenges that otherwise may take years to encounter, and greater confidence to make strategic decisions about their future.