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

her BEST awardees, and work with other BEST awardees to share information about successful approaches with the biomedical research training community.

"BEST awards are an opportunity to transform the way in which biomedical Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars are trained," said James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, which oversees the NIH Common Fund. "These awards will allow trainees to understand the many career options available to them within biomedical research and should therefore make biomedical research training more appealing, enabling us to retain our best talent. Wide dissemination of the approaches that are being developed will result in a nation-wide impact."

These awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year for up to five years, pending availability of funds. A call for applications for the second round of BEST awardees is anticipated in late 2013. Details for this upcoming funding opportunity will be available on the Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce website and in the NIH Guide.

The first recipients of the NIH BEST awards are:

  • Dr. Joel Baines, Cornell University BEST Training Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

  • Drs. Roger Chalkley and Kathleen Gould, Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville

  • Drs. Cynthia Fuhrmann and Phillip Zamore, An Integrated Curriculum and Community-Based Approach to Career Development, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester

  • Dr. Ambika Mathur, Wayne State University Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), Wayne State University, Detroit

  • Drs. Nael McCarty, Mary DeLong, Wendy Newstetter, Lisa Tedesco, and Keith Wilkinson, Beyond the Professoriate: Tra
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Contact: Edmond Byrnes
edmond.byrnes@nih.gov
301-451-6869
NIH/Office of the Director
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