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"To make progress, we need teams that are different than the past...that can break barriers...biomedical research problems demand that scientists move beyond the confines of their individual disciplines and explore new organizational models for team science."

Elias Zerhouni, M.D.

Director, NIH

Affiliated Programs and Supporting Entities

Since the early days of its inception, the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program has developed noteworthy affiliations with a diverse array of stakeholders ranging from private individuals who have drawn from their own resources to enrich the program to world renowned philanthropic organizations. All of those listed below are counted as important contributors to the growing success of the program.

Affiliated Scholarships

We have established affiliations with the prestigious Winston Churchill Foundation, Rhodes Trust, Marshall Scholarship, and the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship to allow their extremely accomplished award recipients to extend their research projects into PhDs through collaborative research at the NIH.  The NIH-Wellcome Trust partnership provides opportunities for the most promising post-graduate students from the European Union to undertake international, collaborative four-year PhD training based in both a UK/Republic of Ireland academic institution and on the intramural campus of the NIH at Bethesda.

Supportive Organizations

The International Biomedical Research Alliance is a philanthropic organization dedicated to the support of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program as a vehicle for accelerating the discovery and delivery of treatments, cures and preventative measures.  IBRA has broadened the vision and scope of the program in ways which enhance the potential of the students to develop into exceptional biomedical research leaders.  The "Alliance" has provided opportunities for the students to explore dimensions of risk taking, creativity, collaboration, team building and other important elements of scientific leadership.

Through support from this private sector philanthropy, students have met with members of the U.S. Congress, British Parliament and US and UK science policy leaders.  Scholars have engaged in dialogue with distinguished members of the scientific community through a collaboration between the Alliance and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation including a special training experience in the UK, “Lasker Lessons in Leadership: Scientists Leading Change.”

NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars have also had the benefit of enriched training experiences as Fellows at the Aspen Institute’s Annual Health Forum. Whether on an Outward Bound training course in the Lake District of England or during a visit to the home of Charles Darwin, IBRA provides opportunities for NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars to learn and develop skills which extend their lab-based training in exciting and challenging ways.  IBRA has also worked with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at NIH to help provide resources for the Scholars to live, work, travel, and develop scientifically and professionally.