NIBIB-NSF Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes Program (BBSI): A Joint Program for Multidisciplinary Research Training and Education

Notice Number: NOT-EB-05-008

Key Dates
Release Date: September 19, 2005
Application Receipt Date(s): November 29, 2005

Issued by
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), (

This notice updates and supercedes the previous notice, NOT-EB-02-003, published in the NIH Guide, April 3, 2002

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have identified bioengineering and bioinformatics as essential interdisciplinary disciplines for physical and life sciences. NIBIB and the NSF will continue collaborating on an important initiative to address anticipated bioengineering and bioinformatics human resource needs, specifically by targeting the career "pipeline" at a critical juncture. As described in the NSF Program Solicitation, NSF-05-611 (, the purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate and early-stage graduate students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with well-planned, interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education experiences in active 'Summer Institutes', thereby increasing the number of individuals pursuing careers in bioengineering and bioinformatics at the graduate level and beyond.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. academic institutions that have strong interdisciplinary research programs that are responsive to the goals of this program and a training infrastructure to support the didactic part of the summer program. A student must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status). Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. NSF and NBIB are particularly interested in ensuring the full participation of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities in this program. It is anticipated that 12 to 15 awards will be made in FY 2006 for programs to begin in the summer of 2006. Each BBSI may receive NIBIB-NSF support of up to $150,000 in total costs per year for up to four years. Each BBSI will support a combined total of approximately 15 undergraduate and graduate students.

Detailed information about this program can be obtained on the Internet at


Sohi Rastegar, Ph.D.
Program Director
Directorate for Engineering
Division of Engineering Education and Centers
National Science Foundation
Phone: (703) 292-5379
Fax: (703) 292-9051

Henry Khachaturian, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Division of Interdisciplinary Training
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
National Institutes of Health/DHHS
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 200, MSC 5477
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477
Phone: (301) 451-4792
Fax: (301) 480-1614

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