The mission of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The Institute is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care. In order to achieve this goal, NIBIB activities support and encourage: research and development of new biomedical imaging and bioengineering techniques and devices to fundamentally improve the detection, treatment, and prevention of disease; enhancement of existing imaging and bioengineering modalities; related research in the physical and mathematical sciences; research and development in multidisciplinary areas; studies to assess the effectiveness and outcomes of new biologics, materials, processes, devices, and procedures; the development of technologies for early disease detection and assessment of health status; and the development of advanced imaging and engineering techniques for conducting biomedical research at multiple scales.
NIBIB is committed to increasing the participation and success of racial and ethnic minorities and other underrepresented populations in engineering and the biological, computational, and physical sciences. To this end, the institute develops and supports programs that enhance the recruitment, retention, training, and career development of underrepresented minorities, people with disabilities, and people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the career continuum into the biomedical workforce. NIBIB’s proactive approach to ensuring a diverse and sustainable biomedical workforce is to develop innovative programs that target roadblocks at critical transition points in the biomedical research pipeline that hinder the participation of underrepresented populations.