Summer opportunities available for students and teachers through
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
the NIH Acting Director—
We need your help. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,
Public Law 111-5, has provided NIH yet another opportunity to stimulate
science across the country and NIH.
NIH is especially pleased about the opportunity to
provide summer research experiences for students and science
supplements to existing, funded research grants. We are reaching
out to active grantee institutions/organizations with NIH research
grants to promote job creation and economic development and to accelerate
the pace and achievement of scientific research through these
novel supplements. Engaging students and educators in groundbreaking
scientific research will allow young people to connect with the excitement
of biomedical innovation, and teachers to reconnect with state-of-the-art
science. ARRA-supported opportunities will help students interested
in research to chart a path toward meaningful careers, working to improve
This is a unique opportunity for students to be a member of a research
team already in place. NIH-funded institutions are
in the process of requesting and
potentially receiving supplements to existing NIH projects that will
be dedicated to supporting these summer research experiences. When
these institutions receive funds, they and/or their NIH supported investigators
will begin posting opportunities. We will provide additional information
about these opportunities and the best ways to contact grantee institutions
on this Web site as it become available.
In the mean time, teachers and students interested in pursuing a research
experience this summer can look at a clickable map of research
institutions (http://report.nih.gov/award/trends/State_Congressional/StateOverview.cfm) that
receive NIH funding and/or at our database
of NIH-funded projects to identify institutions that have scientific
projects of interest.
The only way this will work effectively with the summer so near,
is if laboratories apply for the supplements, and make these opportunities
known, and work diligently in matching students to appropriate laboratories.
We need to do real matchmaking. These funds are intended
for new "hires" for the summer, not to support students who are
already on funded mechanisms. We know time is short. Please
help us spread the word by sharing information with students and teachers
who might be interested.
This special ARRA program is designed to assist students
and educators with professional development by offering them new experiences
and helping them foster a lifelong interest in science. NIH is
hopeful that it will be able to provide at least $20M to
support 4,000-6,000 students and/or teachers through summer experience
These are the basics, but the big picture is that NIH is offering
an extraordinary opportunity to engage the next generation of scientists
working within our own research environments. We also have an
opportunity to affect teachers and to help keep their interests lively.
We will make every effort through our new site (http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/summer_opps.html) to help
both students who are interested and investigators who are willing
This is a time of great opportunity for which we are grateful to the
President and Congress. I urge you to keep track of growing NIH
opportunities at http://www.nih.gov/recovery/index.htm and http://grants.nih.gov/recovery/
I invite you to share any comments you have with me, directly, at NIHKingtonDirect@mail.nih.gov.
Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Acting Director National Institutes
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