NIH BEST Award Provides Innovative Career Training to Strengthen Biomedical Workforce

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Laney Graduate School at Emory University an NIH Director's Grant of more than $1.8 million over five years to enhance training opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Led by Laney Graduate School faculty member Nael McCarty, PhD, Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, the award will be used to prepare students and scholars for a wider variety of careers in the STEM and biomedical research workforce outside of conventional academic research. Georgia Institute of Technology and the Emory Office of Postdoctoral Education in the School of Medicine are principal partners in this award, as well.

Titled Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), the awards — the first of their kind — are supported through the NIH Common Fund’s "Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce" program. Ten programs received awards out of more than 150 submissions.

View the full article in the Emory News Center.