The NIH ORBIT Institute

The application portal for the 2024 ORBIT Institute cohort is now closed.

Please visit the Application page for information about application requirements if you would like to submit an application in upcoming years.

The NIH-funded short course, ORBIT Institute: Developing Behavioral Treatments to Improve Health, consists of an in-person workshop, followed by a series of bi-weekly webinars (via FSU Zoom) and related activities, and an individual consultation with one ORBIT Core Faculty member.

The 2024 in-person workshop agenda will be posted soon.

To receive general news and updates about the ORBIT Institute, please visit our our Contact Us page. You may also visit our website for updates.  

A total of 25 Fellows per year (100 Fellows over the course of four years, 2023-2026) will be accepted into the ORBIT Institute and trained in behavioral intervention development for cancer prevention/treatment and related health behaviors.

The goals of the ORBIT Institute are:

  • To increase the skills of Fellows in a phased approach, with associated innovative methods and designs for T1 translation of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) to improve health.
  • To conduct an ongoing evaluation of the success of the skills development course based upon three basic metrics:
    (a) perceived value
    (b) the reach of the course based upon website hits, number of applications, and train the trainer activities
    (c) the impact of the course on the career trajectories of the Fellows (publications, grants)
  • To conduct ongoing curriculum development and refinement, as well as dissemination via technology, based upon results of quantitative and qualitative evaluations and new methodologies emerging over the grant period.