Announcement of the Whitaker International Program’s Concluding Initiative Grants

Original Program Objectives

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program, endowed in 2005 for 15 years, has enabled U.S. biomedical engineers early in their careers to spend one or two years overseas. In accordance with the original plan, the last group of grantees will receive support through 2018.

The Program was designed with two main objectives: to develop future biomedical engineering leaders with a global perspective, and to create linkages between the biomedical engineering community in the U.S. and the rest of the world. To further promote the achievement of these goals, the Steering Committee has authorized a short-term concluding initiative that will serve as the capstone of the Program.


Aim of the Concluding Initiative Grants

This initiative invites alumni of the Whitaker International Program to propose, organize, and carry out an activity that serves the original program objectives. Cooperative effort by two or three alumni is encouraged but not mandated. Devising the activity is left to the interest, creativity, and leadership of the applicant(s), but some examples that would be considered are the following:

  • Conduct a small workshop that encourages international cooperation in an important area relevant to biomedical engineering.
  • Share valuable experience with peers that is likely to enhance their ability to become leaders in biomedical engineering with an international outlook.
  • Organize one or more events to familiarize biomedical engineering students with gaining overseas experience in research, industry, or policy making.
  • Devise a self-sustaining mechanism that will continue to provide productive interaction between alumni of the program.
  • Create an online or social media offering that encourages others to gain a global perspective and connections as part of their biomedical engineering career.


Criteria for Grant Approval
  • The proposed activity must be carefully planned and is likely to have a lasting effect. The proposed budget should be commensurate with the expected impact.
  • The proposed activity must reach beyond an applicant’s own research and his/her host institution.
  • Activities that benefit from collaboration among alumni of the Program are strongly encouraged.


Application details
  • The requested funding level should be between $10,000 and $50,000.
  • The first submission deadline is August 15, 2018; results will be announced by October 23, 2018. Depending on the number of meritorious proposals and the remaining funds, a second set of applications might be invited later in 2018.
  • All proposed activities and events must be completed by December 1, 2020. Payments cannot be made after December 15, 2020.
  • Proposals should be limited to two pages for the description of the planned activity, one page for the budget, and one page of condensed CV for each main collaborator on the proposal.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by all members of the Steering Committee and will be judged based on the merits of the proposal as a whole.
  • Proposals should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 15, 2018.
  • Questions regarding proposals may be addressed to Cassandra Many at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Applicants considering an application may also reach out and contact a member of the Steering Committee whom they know to discuss ideas.)