Welcome to the TAST Program: An NSF National Research Traineeship Program

Welcome to Duke's NSF Traineeship in the Advancement of Surgical Technologies (TAST) program.

 The vision of the Traineeship for the Advancement of Surgical Technology (TAST) is to provide a new training framework for graduate students in convergent disciplines to design advanced surgical technologies that consider: provider, societal, end-user, and patient needs in their development and testing. TAST will provide a pathway for engineering and computer science graduate students to design innovations in fundamentally new technologies to advance surgical practice. 


The National Science Foundation's National Research Traineeship program awarded Dr. Brian Mann and Duke University a grant to train graduate students in the fall of 2021. National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program 


Fall 2023 Applications are now being accepted!