BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) is an effort by 17 institutions to explore ways of improving biomedical career development. A fraction of biomedical PhDs will take a tenure-track faculty position, so training programs are developing innovated approaches to prepare students and postdocs for a range of career options. These approaches are funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund and are experimental in nature.

This website brings together lessons learned from all institutions in an effort to improve career development for all involved in biomedical training. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the tips to Build a Career Development Program, while students and postdocs have their own section of the site.

To learn more about the BEST program, the state of the biomedical workforce, the BEST experiment and how it is being evaluated, and individual schools’ efforts, explore the links in this section.

Ten institutions were awarded grants in 2013, followed by another 7 institutions in 2014. For more information about the funding opportunity, read  ‘NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7)‘.  You can also watch a video of Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of NIH, discuss BEST.


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