Trainees in the GMU-INOVA Applied Neurotechnologies class work with faculty and clinicians in both an academic and simulated clinical environment on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus . Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

CASBBI provides an immersive research and mentoring environment for trainees to acquire multidisciplinary scientific and research knowledge and skills.

CASBBI’s NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program in Brain Body Interactions is a bold, new model for community-engaged STEM graduate training. The NRT program will train a versatile, interdisciplinary community-engaged STEM workforce with the skills necessary to harness the data revolution to create fundamental research and translational innovations aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

If you are passionate about solving complex societal problems, and would like to learn how to work on interdisciplinary teams, communicate with community stakeholders, and translate your research ideas to commercial products, this program may be right for you. Competitive funding packages are available. 

Trainees will design data-driven solutions for complex disabilities associated with sensorimotor, psychosocial or cognitive impairment.  For example, students will utilize their training in data analytics, wearable sensors and imaging to:

  • design new technology-assisted methods for personalized service delivery,
  • develop new machine learning algorithms to support the next generation of brain computer interfaces and improved prosthetic control systems
  • advance research on virtual reality based multisensory training.

The program involves:

  1. an individualized interdisciplinary curriculum, scaffolded by laboratory rotations, and hands-on workshops.
  2. a year-long community-engaged design project
  3. training in entrepreneurship, communication skills and team science

For more information about the program, contact Program Director Siddhartha Sikdar at

How to Apply

We are recruiting now for Fall 2020. Application for the NRT program is a three-step process:

1) Apply to one of the participating PhD programs.

Ph.D. in Bioengineering →
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering →
Ph.D. in Psychology →
Ph.D. in Computer Science →

2) Submit an application for the CASBBI NRT fellowship. More details coming soon!

3) 30-minute videocall with the NRT team.