National Institutes of Health

NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7)

Program Summary 

The purpose of this FOA is to seek out, identify and support bold and innovative approaches designed to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that Ph.D. graduate students and postdoctoral (regardless of funding source) 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-intensive 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.


Only one application per institution in allowed.

Award Information

NIH Common Fund intends to commit approximately $3,000,000 in FY 2014. Approximately 7-10 awards are anticipated.  Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs.

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.  
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per institution, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 319-384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, if you are interested in submitting an application.

Date Due to DSP or UIF03/24/2014
Date Due to Sponsor03/31/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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