NSF support for Biotechnology Technician Education

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NSF support for Biotechnology Technician Education

  1. 1. NSF support for BiotechnologyTechnician EducationDuncan McBrideNational Science FoundationApril 22, 2013dmcbride@nsf.gov
  2. 2. What is NSF supporting now?• One National Center• One Regional Center (with national connections)• 21 projects, ranging from small, new to ATE(7), to full projects (14)• Have previously funded many other projects(~67 others since 2000)
  3. 3. ATE Biotech centers and projectscurrent 4-22-2013AKHI1National CenterRegional CenterProject
  4. 4. What would we like to support?• A few additional regional centers respondingto specific needs in a particular region (ATEhas done this in nanotech and manufacturing.)• ATE Projects doing program improvement, labdevelopment, working withindustry, professional development, etc.Close coordination with centers and otherprojects.
  5. 5. What makes a good proposal?• Good ideas• Good science and technology (NSF)• Capable people• Building on what others have done• Details• Clear logistics• Evident projected effect on students• Enough students (contd)
  6. 6. What makes a good proposal-2?• Realistic plan to recruit students• Industry partners with support & jobs• Detailed evidence of success from any priorsupport (from NSF or other related to new project)• Measurable goals• Appropriate evaluation• Appropriate scale for money requested• Details• Support from the college• Read the ATE solicitation• Details (did I mention that?)
  7. 7. Reviewing proposals• Look for projects you think would advancebiotechnician education• Look for characteristics of a good proposal(previous slides)• Don’t expect perfection• Support good ideas being done by good people• Some things can be fixed in negotiation• Make helpful comments and give specific adviceto both strong and weak proposals.
  8. 8. Biotech report 2008
  9. 9. Recommendations• Biotechnology curriculum– Soft skills– Core courses that articulate and transfer– A strong theoretical understanding ofcomplete biomanufacturing process– Intro to emerging technologies– Applications of biotech in bio and microbiocourses
  10. 10. Recommendations• Biotechnology programs– Industry interns for faculty– Faculty teams to bring professionaldevelopment to new programs– Related cross-disciplinary skills beyondbiotech for faculty and students– Skill from various biotech subfields tofacilitate field shifts
  11. 11. Recommendations• Colleges and universities– Clear articulated paths from middle, highschool to 2- and 4-year programs– Agreement on standards for biotech programcertification– Biotech incorporated in food and ag programs
  12. 12. Recommendations• Partnerships– Among colleges anduniversities, industry, government– In regional consortia for cross-over skills thatserve regional industry
  13. 13. Recommendations• Marketing and communication– Enhance employer awareness of biotechprograms and their successes– Use biotech professionals as resources inSTEM classes– Disseminate successful models of industrypartnerships– Develop innovative marketing strategies forbiotech programs
  14. 14. Where are we now?• How are we doing?• What do we still need to do?• What should we no longer do?• What else should we do?• How can NSF best facilitate?

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