NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7) 2014

To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological Sciences
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date: February 5, 2014
Subject: NIH Director's Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7)


{excerpt}Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Friday, February 14, 2014; Deadline for internal competition is Friday February 21, 2014.{/excerpt}

Funding Opportunity Purpose:

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.

The requested project period may not exceed five years.  Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year.


Only one application per institution is allowed.


This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to with "NIH-BEST" in the subject line by Friday, February 14, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

  • name of PI(s)
  • 3-5 sentence summary of proposal

Applications for internal competition:

Send your pdf application for internal competition to with subject line "NIH-BEST" by Friday, February 21, 2014. Your application for the internal competition should include the following information:

  • Name and contact information for the PI(s)
  • Title of proposal
  • 3-4 page description of the program that should touch on the following items:
    • The purpose of the program including goals and outcomes.  Explain the basis or rationale for the program
    • How the program will help with diversity recruitment and retention
    • The evaluation and dissemination plan for the program
    • Information on institutional commitment to the program and further plans to enhance this commitment

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using Information about campus procedures for is posted on the RSP Web site. The full proposal is due on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5 pm CDT.

Applicants should apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email