The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the first round of grants for projects to enhance career training for graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences. The Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) awards aim to help young researchers prepare for research careers outside of academia.
“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, 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.”
Nearly four million dollars was awarded to support new approaches to provide students and trainees information on research and research-related career options. Grants will support exposure to coursework, rotations, workshops, and hands-on training experiences.
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