Stimulus Funding Helps NIAMS to Reach Students, Science Educators

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), backed by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is using a new administrative supplement mechanism to expose students and science educators to the benefits of health-related research careers. The supplemental funding will put them in the laboratories of NIAMS grantees for an upfront-and-personal experience with the workings of research.

The new ARRA Administrative Supplements for Students and Science Educators are designed to accelerate the pace of research while promoting job creation and economic development. NIAMS-funded scientists can apply for the additional funding if the activities proposed for the student or educator to be hired fall within the general scope of the parent grant. Already, 27 awards have been made, covering such areas as tissue engineering, bone composition and skin disease. Nationwide, ARRA funding will support approximately 5,100 research and training summer positions for high school and college students, as well as science educators.

Up to two years of support may be awarded. The Institute is especially interested in promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities, from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"We have long been striving to enlist and prepare the next generation of research scientists to continue our scientific successes," says NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. "This supplement is a great way to put students and educators at the bench to experience the vital and rewarding work of our research."

To learn more about ARRA Administrative Supplements for Students and Science Educators, go to

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The activities above are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). More information about NIH's ARRA grant funding opportunities can be found at To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit

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