|Students and Science Educators To Get Boost
from NIH ARRA Initiative
The National Institutes of Health recently announced American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for administrative
supplements to existing NIH grants and $21 million over two years
has been allocated for educational opportunities in NIH-funded
laboratories for students and science educators.
"Engaging students and educators in groundbreaking scientific
research will allow young people to connect with the excitement
of biomedical innovation and lead to working to improve public
health," said Acting NIH Director Raynard S. Kington, M.D,
Ph.D. "These ARRA-supported opportunities will help students
interested in research to chart a path toward meaningful careers."
Investigators and institutions that already have research grants
funded by NIH will be able to apply for administrative supplements
from ARRA funds to support summer students and science educators.
This additional money will not only promote job creation, economic
development, and accelerate the pace and achievement of scientific
research, it will encourage students to pursue research careers
in health-related sciences, as well as provide elementary, middle
and high school, and college-level science educators with short-term
research experiences in NIH-funded laboratories.
NIH will extend funding to those projects best able to provide
meaningful research experiences for students and educators. These
supplements are part of the $10.4 billion provided to NIH under
ARRA. For more information about applying, see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-060.html.
Signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, ARRA funds
are expended to strengthen the economy. The NIH awards are expected
to help create and maintain American jobs, as well as to enhance
the quality of biomedical research in the United States. NIH conducts
and supports outstanding biomedical and behavioral research, through
more than 3,000 institutions across the country — institutions
that have a direct impact upon the local economies in their towns,
cities and states. More information about NIH’s ARRA grant funding
opportunities can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/.
The activities described in this release are being funded through
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). To track the
progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery.
To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit www.recovery.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers
and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates
the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.
For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
Note: On March 24, 2009 the 3rd paragraph was updated
to accurately reflect the funding notice.