Mission & History
Mission of the NIBIB
The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. This is achieved through: research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering techniques and devices to fundamentally improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease; enhancing existing imaging and bioengineering modalities; supporting related research in the physical and mathematical sciences; encouraging research and development in multidisciplinary areas; supporting studies to assess the effectiveness and outcomes of new biologics, materials, processes, devices, and procedures; developing technologies for early disease detection and assessment of health status; and developing advanced imaging and engineering techniques for conducting biomedical research at multiple scales.
NIBIB extramural research is organized into three divisions: Discovery Science and Technology, Applied Science and Technology, and Inter-Disciplinary Training.
The Institute supports basic research and research training through investigator-initiated grants, contracts, program project and center grants, and career development and training awards.
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History of the NIBIB
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is the newest of the NIH research institutes and centers. The NIBIB is authorized by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Establishment Act (H.R. 1795: Adobe PDF [84.7K]), which was signed into law by President William Clinton on December 29, 2000 as Public Law 106-580 (Adobe PDF [34.7K]). For more historical information about NIBIB, please see:
Important Events in NIBIB History
- December 29, 2000 – The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Establishment Act (H.R. 1795) is signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton.
- April 20, 2001 – The NIBIB Establishment Plan is approved by the Secretary of DHHS, Mr. Tommy G. Thompson.
- April 26, 2001 – Dr. Donna J. Dean is named as Acting Director of the NIBIB.
- August 28, 2001 – The National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is established.
- September 19, 2001 – The NIBIB assumes administration of the NIH's Bioengineering Consortium (BECON).
- October 1, 2001 – The NIBIB web site is launched.
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- January 9, 2002 – A working group is established to review and recommend the transfer of grants to NIBIB.
- January 11, 2002 – The NIBIB receives its first budget appropriation (FY 2002) in the amount of $112 million.
- February 21, 2002 – The NIBIB announces its first two Requests for Applications.
- April 8, 2002 – The NIBIB announces the award of its first research grants.
- September 23, 2002 – Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Cardiology) and Bioengineering, and Director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine, assumes the position of Director of NIBIB.
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- January 9, 2003 – The National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering meets for the first time in Bethesda, Maryland.
- September 17, 2003 – The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Special Emphasis Panel is established.
- December 19, 2003 – Dr. Belinda Seto is named the Deputy Director of NIBIB.
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- February 2, 2004 – The NIBIB initiates its Strategic Planning process.
- September 17, 2004 – The NIBIB hosts a Blue Ribbon Panel on Intramural Research to provide recommendations on the planning and development of an intramural research program.
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Last Updated On 09/14/2011