Division of Interdisciplinary Training



This division aims to develop a competent and diverse workforce that can address bioengineering challenges of the future.  The division supports research training starting with undergraduate education through the early career stage.

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Individual Career Development




Research Education Program

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Institutional Training Grants

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Administrative Supplements

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  • NOT-OD-21-134: To Promote Re-Entry and Re-integration into Health-Related Research Careers
  • PA-23-189: To Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
  • NOT-OD-20-054: To Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients
  • NOT-OD-20-055: For Continuity of Biomedical and Behavioral Research Among First-Time Recipients of NIH Research Project Grant Awards


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Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings


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  • Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge (NIBIB led)  Three NIH partners, NIH Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, and the National Cancer Institute are providing a prize each for 1.) technologies for HIV/AIDS prevention and/or care, 2.) technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resource settings, and 3.) technologies for cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment prize.  DEBUT website.
  • Special Populations Research Forum – SPRF provides a trans-NIH forum for sharing and examining programs, initiatives, and strategies aligned with the NIArtificial Intelligence for BiomedicaL ExcellenceH mission that enhance and accelerate the development of the research careers of individuals from diverse populations.. SPRF website.
  • Artificial Intelligence for Biomedical Excellence – AIBLE's purpose is to generate new biomedically relevant data sets amenable to machine learning analysis at scale and is anticipated to launch in fiscal year 2021. View Presentation.
  • Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative – Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The goal is to map circuits of the brain, measure fluctuating patterns of electrical and chemical activity flowing within those circuits, and understand how their interplay creates our unique cognitive and behavioral capabilities. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. It is expected that the application of these new tools and technologies will lead to new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders. NIH is one of several federal agencies involved in this initiative. For more information see the BRAIN website
  • Blueprint – The over-arching goal of this NIH Blueprint R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce, to pursue further studies or careers in research. Blueprint website.
  • The Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity seeks to recognize those institutions whose biomedical and behavioral science departments, centers, or divisions have achieved sustained improvement in gender diversity. See NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity website.

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    A team of Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering undergraduates took home a $15,000 prize at the National Institutes of Health’s 2023 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, which seeks innovative solutions to unmet health needs. Source: Johns Hopkins University
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    Two teams of UC San Diego undergraduate bioengineering students won Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) awards from the National Institutes of Health. Source: UC San Diego
  • Press Releases ·

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    The National Institutes of Health and the higher education non-profit VentureWell have selected 10 winners and five honorable mentions of the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, who are set to receive prizes totaling $145,000. The awards will be presented to the winning teams during the annual Biomedical Engineering Society conference held Oct. 11-14, 2023.

  • NIBIB in the News ·

    T cells experience different mechanical signals in different tissues. Researchers have engineered a tissue-mimicking hydrogel model to show that more elastic tissues induce T cells to become effector-like T cells with strong tumor-killing potential, while more viscous tissues induce them to become memory-like T cells. This new concept could help advance adaptive T cell therapies by producing desired patient-specific T cell populations in the dish that could provide stronger effects when infused back into the same patient. Source: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard/Science Daily
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    The biological age of humans and mice undergoes a rapid increase in response to diverse forms of stress, which is reversed following recovery from stress, according to a new study. These changes occur over relatively short time periods of days or months, according to multiple independent epigenetic aging clocks. Source: Cell Press/Science Daily