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NIH announces awards to strengthen the biomedical research workforce
Date:9/19/2013

The National Institutes of Health is making available approximately $3.7 million for awards to enhance training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to prepare them for careers in the biomedical research workforce that could take them outside of conventional academic research.

The first set of NIH Director's Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) awards are supported through the NIH Common Fund's Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce program.

"NIH recognizes that there are many ways in which biomedical Ph.D. graduates can meaningfully contribute to the biomedical research enterprise," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. "The future of biomedical research depends upon a sustainable and robust workforce, in which talented, well-trained scientists are best prepared to make significant contributions in academia, industry, government, business, and other venues."

"The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Biomedical Workforce Task Force analyzed the state of the biomedical workforce, and found that many trainees are pursuing research and research-related careers outside of the traditional academic path that serves as the current model for training," said Sally Rockey, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Extramural Research. "The BEST awards are intended to expose trainees to the multitude of career paths that utilize their Ph.D. training."

BEST awards will support bold and innovative approaches to increase student and trainee exposure to multiple research and research-related career options. These new approaches could include coursework, rotations, workshops and hands-on training experiences, or other forms of exposure. Each BEST awardee will be required to evaluate whether or not these novel approaches are successful, share lessons learned with the ot
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Contact: Edmond Byrnes
edmond.byrnes@nih.gov
301-451-6869
NIH/Office of the Director
Source:Eurekalert

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