The Whitaker Foundation and
the Institute of International Education
have begun an international fellows
and scholars program for American biomedical
engineers early in their careers.
This is the foundation's final major
grant award. For details and application
instructions, see the IIE's Whitaker Awards website.
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The Whitaker Foundation will spend
all of its assets and close
in June, 2006. The foundation will continue
to monitor progress under existing awards,
but no new applications for funding
are being accepted.
awarded grants under the following programs:
This program assisted U.S. and Canadian
biomedical engineers in establishing
their research careers. More than 1,500
grants have been awarded.
These grants helped graduate students
prepare for research careers in biomedical
engineering. About 400 students received
The foundation supported internship
programs at 30 institutions nationwide
that helped students prepare for careers
A series of major awards of up to $18
million were made to leading institutions
for enhancing or establishing biomedical
engineering programs. Twenty-six institutions
This program complemented the Leadership/Development
initiative with smaller, more flexible
grants for educational programs in biomedical
These awards support the development
of quality teaching materials for undergraduate
or early graduate study.
Health Care Issues
The foundation had two programs to develop
technology that would have a cost-saving
potential for the delivery of health
care. One program was administered jointly
with the National Institutes of Health
and the other jointly with the National
Funding bridge the time
between the end of the Whitaker Research
Grant and the beginning of major support
from another source.
Summer Internships support
undergraduate biomedical engineering
students as they conducted research
in NIH labs in Bethesda, Md.
support conferences and meetings that enhance biomedical engineering.