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Funding News - NIH Blueprint: Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Research Education

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NINDS encourages applications for the NIH Blueprint program for enhancing neuroscience diversity through undergraduate research education experiences.  This announcement is made together with 16 other NIH components and is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

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.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter PhD degree programs in the neurosciences.  This program provides institutional awards to develop neuroscience research education programs consisting of collaborative partnerships integrated across different educational institutions.  Each partnership must include:  a research-intensive institution that has an established neuroscience or neuroscience-related program; institutions that have a substantial enrollment of undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences; integrated curriculum/academic enhancement and research training activities designed to prepare participants to enter doctoral programs in the neurosciences; and well-described plans to provide early communication and interaction between participating students and graduate neuroscience programs across the country.

Application Due Date:  March 24, 2010

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Mark Chavez, Division of Translational Research and Treatment Development, NIMH; telephone:  301-443-8942; email:  For more information visit