Aimbe Scholars Program

Advancing Innovation and Discovery from the Lab to the Marketplace


The AIMBE Scholars Program enables distinguished postdoctorates in the medical and biomedical engineering fields to serve as expert advisors to policymakers. With placements in Congress and the Executive Branch, AIMBE Scholars work side-by-side with the most influential decision makers in Washington. Scholars inform public policy through their knowledge of the latest cutting-edge research and technological innovations. Scholars receive training about the federal policy process (including budget, regulatory, and grant processes) and build relationships with key government stakeholders. AIMBE facilitates the Scholars experience throughout the program year. Some biomedical engineers participating in the AIMBE Scholars Program return to their academic, faculty, or industry careers–with greater understanding of the connections between public policy and translational science–while others go on to build new careers in public policy.

Program Details

The AIMBE Scholars Program is a highly competitive program, consisting of one-year immersion experiences from September 1 to August 31, in Congress or the Executive Branch. Possible placements include: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and offices within the House and Senate. Scholars are provided with a $70,000 stipend, as well as an allowance to attend scientific conferences. The program includes a two-week orientation to science policy, as well as monthly professional development seminars with guest speakers.

How do Scholars contribute to public policy?

Scholars with placements in the Executive Branch may help develop and formulate new programs and initiatives related to biomedical engineering, lead interagency task forces and advisory panels on STEM, as well as contribute to the grant review process of high risk, high reward scientific proposals. Scholars with placements in Congress may draft legislation to help scientific discoveries reach the marketplace, advise top policymakers on funding for biomedical research, and inform the science policy agendas of the nation’s leaders.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the AIMBE Scholars Program must hold a PhD-level degree in biomedical or biological engineering or a related field, be a U.S. citizen, and have an excellent record of achievement. Applications require: (1) a Statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) that describes the applicant’s background and qualifications for the program, basis for interest in the program, including policy areas or issues of interest and skills to be acquired, and career goals, including how the program would support those goals; (2) a current C.V.; and (3) three letters of recommendation.

How to Apply

The call for applications is currently closed for the 2014-2015 program year. The call for applications will reopen in fall 2014 for the 2015-2016 program year.

Become a Corporate Partner!

The AIMBE Scholars Program

• Ensures that distinguished postdoctorates share the latest advances in medical and biological engineering with federal agencies, such as NIH and FDA.
• Exposes the next generation of industry leaders to public policy. The marketplace will benefit from scientific and industry leaders who know the ins-and-outs of government policymaking.
• Offers corporate partners unique access to rising leaders in the medical and biomedical fields. Corporate partners engage with AIMBE Scholars throughout the program-year. They participate in candidate selection, co-host monthly seminars, and have the availability to sponsor visits to their lab or headquarters.
• Increases the use of science in public policy decisions. AIMBE Scholars put forth knowledge about the science that helps guide policy decisions.
• Enables corporate partners to develop long-term relationships with AIMBE Scholars, who will go on to careers in industry, government (such as FDA) or research.

Questions? Contact Sarah Mandell
Director of Research and Programming at AIMBE