University of Arkansas System


Fayetteville, AR

Project Name

BioAR Train Biomanufacturing Workforce Initiative (BTBWI)

Award Amount


Local Match


The University of Arkansas, BioAR, and its project partners across the state will launch the BioAR Train Biomanufacturing Workforce Initiative (BTBWI) to develop and implement a free online and hybrid biomanufacturing curriculum and credentialing to facilitate biomanufacturing workforce training. These biomanufacturing courses and credentialing programs will advance statewide and regional initiatives to remedy talent pipeline shortages and increase equitable access to web-based education and training models. This project will enhance biomanufacturing career preparation across the state, including in underserved communities. The outcomes will showcase a more diverse, inclusive, and sustainable STEM talent pipeline exemplifying economic resilience.

The BTBWI will oversee biomanufacturing training programs, issue University of Arkansas/BioAR certifications, and market career pathways alongside partnerships with biomanufacturing contract manufacturers, start-ups, and venture capital to establish a diverse and inclusive biomanufacturing workforce in Arkansas. Investments will be maximized by effectively and efficiently providing participants the key fundamentals to qualify for high-skilled, well-paying jobs of the future and establishing a life science ecosystem that supports regional and state-wide growth as well as the addition of employment opportunities, innovative entrepreneurs, technology-driven startups, and competitive suppliers of high-value medical products.