OSP FO# 11-050

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)/National Center on Research Resources (NCRR)/Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

PROGRAM: Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Science Education Award (R25)

OBJECTIVES: This program is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research (http://neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov). The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research is a collaborative and coordinated effort across 16 Institutes and Centers that support research, research education, and research training with the goal of accelerating the pace of discovery in neuroscience research.

The main goal of this program is to fund the development and evaluation of innovative model programs and materials for enhancing knowledge and understanding of neuroscience among K–12 students and their teachers. The program seeks to 1) provide education to youth on neuroscience, and 2) ensure that highly trained scientists will be available in adequate numbers to address the Nation’s research needs in neuroscience. The award provides support for the formation of partnerships between scientists and educators for the development and evaluation of programs and materials that will enhance knowledge and understanding of neuroscience. The intended focus is on topics not well addressed in existing efforts by educational, community, or media activities.

This program encourages applications from organizations that propose creative and innovative science education programs in the area of neuroscience. Projects should target children and teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade. To gain maximum benefit from the program, priority will be given to projects that are innovative, that do not duplicate existing science education programs, that have the potential to be replicated for widespread use and that build on existing science education programs wherever possible. Programs which support science education for the special needs of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Examples of activities under this program include the following:

  • Development of innovative curricula using state of the art technology.
  • Development of K–12 curricula that will increase student understanding and interest in science/neuroscience and the scientific method.
  • Development and/or presentation of media programs on topics related to neuroscience. These may include television, radio, motion pictures (including CD and DVD), newspaper articles, magazine articles, books, experiments, computer software, CD-ROMs, websites, social media or electronic communications instruments or channels, or other written, electronic, or audiovisual presentations designed to educate about neuroscience.

For more research topics, please consult the program announcement below. The R25 grant mechanism is intended to develop and/or implement a program as it relates to a category in one or more of the areas of education, information, training, technical assistance, coordination, or evaluation.

DEADLINE: April 11, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Issuing IC and partner components intend to commit an estimated total of $4 million over 5 years for 3 awards. Applications are limited to no more than $250,000/year in direct costs. Projects can be funded for a maximum of 5 years.

Indirect costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Cathrine Sasek, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
6101 Executive Boulevard, Suite 220, MSC 8401
Bethesda, MD 20892-8401
Rockville, MD 20852 (for express/courier service)
Telephone: (301) 443-6071
Email: csasek@nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-11-013.html

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (RFA-DA-11-013) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. Brink Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.