Please Consider Providing Summer Opportunities for Students and Science Educators with Supplements from the Recovery Act


With $21 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), we are pleased that NIH is able to facilitate educational opportunities for students and science educators in extramural laboratories holding active NIH grants. These administrative supplements providing summer research experiences for students and science educators are now available on an expedited basis to those with active NIH research grants.

Creating the next generation of scientists is an interest shared by the NIH and the biomedical research community. Through these supplements, young people and educators may become closely involved in top-tier research projects, thereby encouraging students to pursue careers in the health-related sciences and supplementing educators’ engagement with peer-reviewed research of the highest scientific caliber.

We feel grateful for this opportunity to help young people connect with the excitement of biomedical innovation, and we hope that their experiences will encourage them to work for the improvement of public health. These ARRA-supported employment opportunities may guide students interested in research on a path toward meaningful careers.

Please consider working with one or more of these individuals in your laboratory this summer, as well as next. Salary support plus a modest amount of supplies would come from the administrative supplement to your research grant. You may apply for the supplement immediately without identifying these individuals. Follow the instructions in the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-060 to apply for funds that will support these employment opportunities for students and science educators.

We are also encouraging grantee institutions to provide us with central points of contact for summer opportunities at your institution and possibly even links to information about specific opportunities that we will make public on our NIH website devoted to these summer experiences. We hope this site will serve as a resource for students and educators across the country, connecting students and teachers with appropriate mentors.