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.

Program Areas

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Individual Career Development


Research Education Program

Grants - Faculty/Institution Applies:



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Institutional Training Grants

Grants - Faculty/Institution Applies:


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Administrative Supplements

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  • NOT-GM-22-005 - Administrative supplements for research on women's health in the IDeA states 
  • NOT-OD-24-001 - Administrative supplements to recognize excellence in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) mentorship 
  • NOT-OD-23-170: To Promote Re-entry,Re-integration into, and Re-training in Health-Related Research Careers
  • PA-23-189: To Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
  • NOT-OD-23-031: To Promote Research Continuity and Retention of NIH Mentored Career Development (K) Award Recipients and Scholars
  • NOT-OD-23-032: 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


  • Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge Led by NIBIB, with collaboration from VentureWell and additional prizes from six NIH partners, including: 
    • HIV/AIDS prevention and care, with funds from the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR),
    • Healthcare technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resource settings, with funds from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD),
    • Technologies for cancer prevention, diagnosis or treatment, with funds from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 
    • Rehabilitative and assistive technologies for the functional and healthcare needs of people with physical disabilities, with funds from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), 
    • Technologies to empower nurses in community settings, with funds from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and
    • Technologies to address problems faced by people with kidney diseases, their families, nephrologists, and other care providers, with funds from the National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).


  • 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 – A collaborative framework that includes the NIH Office of the Director and 12 NIH Institutes and Centers that support research on the nervous system. NIH Blueprint aims to raise interest in and provide opportunities to learn about research training in neuroscience. Blueprint website.

Related News

  • Science Highlights ·

    An NIBIB-funded research education program designed to diversify the biomedical workforce inspired two participants to pursue Ph.D. research in biomedical engineering.
  • NIBIB in the News ·

    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
  • NIBIB in the News ·

    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