BioEnginuity Impact Grant

Campus Programs

BioEnginuity Impact Grant

We are pleased to announce the 2024 BioEnginuity Impact Grant call, which will provide two years of support to doctoral students working in STEM fields with an emphasis on bioconvergence — the intersection of life sciences with physical sciences, engineering, and/or data science.

Beyond supporting research, the BioEnginuity Impact Grant will create a vibrant community of emerging bioconvergence problem solvers. The BioEnginuity Impact Grant is designed to provide you with the intellectual freedom to start tackling critical societal problems by translating academic research to real-world applications. Learn more about our inaugural recipients here.

The deadline to apply is June 14, 2024 at 5 PM PDT. Apply here today!

For those interested in applying, please fill out this “Indication of Interest” form to ensure you are notified of any updates.

Overview

We encourage you to orient the last stages of your doctoral research toward greater societal impact, which may involve moving your research in new interdisciplinary directions to tackle existential societal problems, for example the impacts of the climate crisis or equitable health care technologies. For some, this might mean a direct ‘reduction to practice’. For others, the impact could come from an “open source” translation. While moving towards impact is a central aspect of the Fellowship, no prior entrepreneurship experience is expected.

In the application process you’ll describe how your STEM/bioconvergence research can benefit society in a meaningful way, and how the BioEnginuity Impact Grant will move you towards that goal.

We welcome applications from diverse problem solvers and changemakers. Successful applicants will be part of a unique group that will continue their dissertation research, but also participate in extracurricular activities including:

  • Professional development and leadership workshops
  • Mentoring opportunities with BBH, Bakar Labs and other affiliated programs
  • Networking with industry experts in your area of emphasis or an area you’d like to explore

We anticipate that the additional time commitment will be less than that required by a graduate-level seminar course. However, since the BioEnginuity Impact Grant will require time outside the lab, you are required to discuss the program with your dissertation advisor prior to applying. You will need a letter of support indicating your advisor understands the program’s time commitment and goals, and providing a rationale for why you are an appropriate candidate.

Eligibility

Doctoral students going into the final two years of their PhD dissertation research are eligible. The applicant’s home department/PI will receive $40,000/year for two years to be applied towards the applicant’s current GSR appointment, to replace tuition, stipend, and fees normally covered by the home department/PI.

Application Process

Complete the requested information using the application portal and upload Main Application Components 1 – 3 as separate PDFs. Application Components 4-5 must be emailed to bioenginuityimpact@berkeley.edu. All materials must be submitted before the June 14 deadline.

Deadlines

Optional Notice of Intent to Apply: Send notice to bioenginuityimpact@berkeley.edu as early as possible to ensure you directly receive any program announcements or updates.

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 14, 2024 at 5 PM PDT. Click here to access the application portal.

Please contact us directly if you have questions: bioenginuityimpact@berkeley.edu