National Institutes of Health

NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award (BEST) (DP7)

NOTE: The WINS deadline has been extended until 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. 

Program Summary

The purpose of this FOA is to seek, identify and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that trainees (regardless of funding source) ultimately may pursue and that are required for a robust biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research enterprise. Collaborations with non-academic partners are encouraged to ensure that experts from a broad spectrum of research and research-related careers contribute to coursework, rotations, internships or other forms of exposure. This program will establish a new paradigm for graduate and postdoctoral training; awardee institutions will work together to define needs and share best practices.

Program Staff will conduct a webinar for potential applicants to answer questions about the FOA and submission process in February/March 2013. Webinar information will be posted on the Common Fund program website (


Institutions are limited to a single application. 

Budget and Project Period

The requested project period may not exceed five years. The purpose of this award is to support the development of programs but not to maintain them after 5 years.  This award will not support stipends of students or postdoctoral scientists.  The maximum amount of the award will be $250,000 total costs per year, with a combined total of 25 awards made in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.  Cost sharing is not required.

Internal Selection Procedure

The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV; and
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:

3. Additional pages may be added for references.
4. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Friday, May 10, 2013.

Proposal Due to OVPRED03/13/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF05/03/2013
Date Due to Sponsor05/10/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due Date03/30/2013
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