Enthusiastic partners: The program benefits from substantial collaborations within the Cornell community, with enthusiastic support from Government and Industrial partners.
The Cornell BEST Program was supported for its first 5 years by the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health under award number DP7OD018425 to address the biomedical sciences. Immediate additional Cornell University funding from the Graduate School, CALS, and the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Human Ecology allowed us to extend programming STEM-wide.
As of 2019, Cornell BEST is supported by Provost funding to expand university-wide and serves all disciplines as part of Cornell's Graduate School.
Campus wide; Cornell remains part of a nation-wide consortium:
Seventeen institutions share BEST practices across the United States under the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) awards funded under the NIH “Strengthening the Biomedical Research Workforce” program as part of a trans-NIH strategy to enhance training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for a variety of career options in the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape. Cornell and Wayne State have leveraged this funding to encompass all disciplines.
All existing and entering Cornell PhD graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are currently eligible.