Behavioral-Biomedical Sciences Interface Predoctoral Training Program

Contact: Dr. Mercedes Rubio

This institutional training grant program is designed to support predoctoral research trainees at the behavioral sciences-biomedical sciences interface. The goal of the program is to develop basic behavioral scientists with rigorous broad-based training in biology and biomedical science, who are prepared to assume leadership roles related to the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. Programs must provide an interdisciplinary research training experience and curriculum for predoctoral trainees that integrates both behavioral and biomedical perspectives, approaches and methodologies. Training programs must include coursework, laboratory rotations and programmatic activities that reinforce training at this interface. Collaborative involvement and significant participation by faculty and leadership with research programs in both behavioral and biomedical science departments is required, as is co-mentoring of trainees by faculty from both disciplines.

Applicants for this training grant program need to describe an interdisciplinary program that integrates training in the conceptual models, methods and approaches of both behavioral and biomedical sciences. This should be a joint effort between the faculty and leadership of departments from both sides of this interface which could include, but is not limited to, departments of psychology, anthropology, behavior, demography and economics on the behavioral side, and departments of biology, physiology, cellular and/or molecular biology, pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, genetics and biomedical engineering on the biomedical side. One of the main challenges in this training program is to bridge scientific cultural differences between disciplines. The program is sufficiently flexible to allow applicant institutions to tailor their proposed training program to take advantage of the resources available to them and the areas of strength at their institutions.

Applicants should note that this training grant program is not targeted to a specific developmental stage or disease, but is fundamental to a range of diseases and health conditions. Many of the disease or developmental stage-targeted Institutes and Centers (ICs) at NIH currently support behavioral research training in areas specific to the IC’s mission, and inquiries for training grants in targeted areas should be directed to the specific ICs. This training grant program supports basic behavioral research training that is broad-based, and that transcends the missions of many of the NIH ICs.

For a more detailed description of this training program and its goals and objectives, applicants are encouraged to read the parent Program Announcement (PAR-20-213), or contact Dr. Mercedes Rubio.