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NIBIB-NSF Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes Program (BBSI)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

A Joint Program for Multidisciplinary Research Training and Education


The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified bioengineering and bioinformatics as essential interdisciplinary disciplines for physical and life sciences. The agencies will continue collaborating on an important effort to meet anticipated bioengineering and bioinformatics human resource needs, specifically by targeting the career "pipeline" at a critical juncture.

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.

For the purpose of the Program Solicitation, bioengineering and bioinformatics are considered in their broadest sense. We welcome innovative proposals from all areas related to bioengineering and bioinformatics. Traditionally, this would include, but is not limited to, the following areas: tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery systems, implant sciences, biosensors, platform technology development, computational modeling, algorithm development, medical imaging, and image analysis. New areas that would benefit from the significant value added of applying the technologies and methods of bioengineering and bioinformatics include, but are not limited to, the dynamics of complex physical and/or chemical systems, biomimetic systems, systems that demonstrate emergent behavior, genomics, systems biology, biodiversity, and ecology. These are examples for illustrative purposes only and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. Cyberinfrastructure is increasingly becoming useful as a tool to enhance teaching and research and to provide access to resources that would otherwise not be available at some institutions. We encourage, but do not require, the use of cyberinfrastructure in these programs, especially to continue the learning process during the academic year for students who have completed their first summer of research training and have been appointed to pursue a second summer of research training at the same Summer Institute.

Please see the report from the NSF Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure http://www.cise.nsf.gov/sci/reports/atkins.pdf for a discussion of how cyberinfrastructure promises to revolutionalize the kinds of problems that may be taken on as well as the manner in which they are pursued.

Program contacts

Sohi Rastegar
Program Director
srastega@nsf.gov (703) 292-5379 ENG/OAD
Henry Khachaturian
hk11b@nih.gov 301-451-4772 NIH/NIBIB
Mary F. Poats
Program Manager
mpoats@nsf.gov (703) 292-5357
C. D. Caldwell
Program Director
dcaldwel@nsf.gov (703) 292-7371 MPS/OAD
Lloyd E. Douglas
Program Director
ldouglas@nsf.gov (703) 292-4862
Debasish Dutta
Program Director
ddutta@nsf.gov (703) 292-5304
Christopher L. Greer
Program Director
cgreer@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470
Bruce K. Hamilton
Division Director
bhamilto@nsf.gov (703) 292-8320 ENG/CBET
Charles D. Pibel
Program Officer
cpibel@nsf.gov (703) 292-4971
Sylvia Spengler
Program Director
sspengle@nsf.gov (703) 292-8930 CISE/IIS
G. B. Taggart
Program Director
gtaggart@nsf.gov (703) 292-4941

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