The EXPORT Health Project at the Center for Minority Health, University of Pittsburgh, partnered with the Center of Excellence in Minority Health at Jackson State University to design and present a Summer Research Career Development Institute (SRCDI) in 2005 and 2006. The goal of the SRCDI was to enhance the early academic career survival skills of postdoctoral and junior faculty investigators doing research on minority health disparities. Institute organizers seek to increase the number of minority investigators who are successful in securing faculty appointments and independent funding through federal agencies. The Pittsburgh Jackson State University SRCDI admitted a total of 55 (26 in 2005 and 29 in 2006) outstanding postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors from institutions across the United States. Elements of this model can be exported to other institutions to assist minority faculty in achieving their career goals.