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Program Snapshot

The NIH is committed to supporting a sustainable and robust workforce equipped to address the greatest challenges and opportunities in biomedical research, recognizing that traditional research-intensive positions are not the only means by which PhD graduates can meaningfully contribute to the biomedical research enterprise. To address this need, the Common Fund is launching the “Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce” program as one component of a trans-NIH strategy to enhance training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape.

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Program Highlights

NEW! Atlanta’s BEST Program Provides Hands-on Communication Experience

Trainees in the Atlanta area’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, part of the Common Fund’s Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce Program, developed an online newsletter highlighting their experiences in the program. BEST focuses on preparing early career scientists for a variety of career options in the modern biomedical research workforce through broadening their career and skill development outside of traditional training. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from Emory University and Georgia Tech joined forces to write, edit, and produce a quarterly online newsletter documenting opportunities and experiences within the program. The newsletter not only showcases the program but also helps trainees develop valuable communication skills. Read more about BEST trainee’s experiences in their newsletter , including leadership development, the art of negotiation, job interview tips, and encouraging creativity.

Reference: http://issuu.com/atlantabest 


NEW! Second cohort of BEST Awards!

The NIH has announced the second cohort of Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awardees! Visit the Funded Research page to learn more about the innovative ways they are preparing trainees for a variety of career options in the biomedical research workforce.

Allowable Student and Postdoc Activities

Questions about what activities students and postdoctoral scholars can participate in? Read more about it here:

Additional Resources and Information


NEW!  National Academies Report Urges Significant Reforms to Improve the Training and Salary of Postdoctoral Researchers 

NEW! Nature Editorial "There is life after academia"

Read more about the activities of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on the Biomedical Research Workforce here.

Download the Science Careers 2014 Career Handbook.

Visit the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Awardee Websites!

More websites will be added as they become available.

Cornell University - Cornell University BEST Training Program

Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology - Beyond the Professoriate: Transforming Pathways for Biomedical Research Careers  

New York University School of Medicine - NYU STEP  

Rutgers University - iJOBS Program 

University of California Davis - Frontiers of University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise (FUTURE)

University of California San Francisco - Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND): Careers for the Future Biomedical Workforce 

University of California Irvine- UC Irvine-Graduate Professional Success (UCI-GPS) 

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus- Innovative Biomedical Graduate Training for Workforce Readiness   

University of Chicago- myChoice 

University of Massachusetts Medical School - An Integrated Curriculum and Community-Based Approach to Career Development  Exit Disclaimer

University of Rochester-Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Program (URBEST) Exit Disclaimer

Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program  

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Mentorship and Development Program for Biomedical Trainees 
Wayne State University - Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) 


National Reports on Graduate Education and Training

The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States, Commission on the Future of Graduate Education in the United States, 2010

Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers, Council of Graduate Schools, 2012

Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group Report, National Institutes of Health, 2012

Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, American Chemical Society, 2012

Research Universities and the Future of America, National Research Council, 2012


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