The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research recently announced an administrative supplement program to support innovative projects that promote neuroscience education for school children.
This initiative provides $600,000 in administrative supplement support for new and novel activities that will encourage neuroscience learning in the kindergarten through 12th grades.
The NIH Blueprint is a framework to enhance cooperative activities among the 16 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices that support research on the nervous system.
In addition to promoting cutting edge neuroscience research, the NIH Blueprint recognizes the importance of improving science education in order to maintain U.S. competitiveness and meet future demands in the international technology marketplace. There is a need to ensure that adequate numbers of students enter science education and eventually pursue careers in biomedical science. Science literacy should not only include basic science knowledge, but also an understanding of the process of biomedical research and an ability to evaluate the quality of research studies that are reported in the media.
There is a lack of public understanding of research in general, including the role of research in improving health. By educating schoolchildren, it is likely that the adults in their lives will be reached as well.
For more information contact Dr. Cathrine Sasek, Office of Science Policy and Communications, NIDA, at 301-443-6071 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DA-10-007.html.