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Funding News - Academic Research Enhancement Awards Application Encouraged

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) encourages applications for academic research enhancement awards.  This announcement is made together with 21 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).*

The purpose of the academic research enhancement award (AREA) is to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for research scientists, but have not been major recipients of NIH support.  AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions, otherwise unlikely to participate in NIH programs, to contribute to the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research effort.  The grants support small-scale health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible institutions.

In the AREA program, investigators benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research, the grantee institution benefits from a research environment strengthened through AREA grants and furthered by participation in NIH’s diverse extramural programs, and the students benefit from participating in biomedical and behavioral science research.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Randall Stewart, Program Director, Technology Development Group, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2135, Bethesda, MD  20892; telephone: 
301-496-1917; fax:  301-402-1501; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: