To remain competitive in our 21st century global economy, the nation must foster
new opportunities, approaches, and technologies in math and science education.
This begins with a coordinated effort to bolster science, technology, engineering,
and math (S.T.E.M.) education nationwide, starting at the earliest stages in
education. Developing a more diverse and academically prepared workforce of
individuals in S.T.E.M. disciplines will benefit all aspects of scientific and medical
research and care.
As part of this national effort, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that
it is awarding approximately $18.3 million to researchers over two years to
strengthen and enhance efforts to attract young people to biomedical and
behavioral science careers and to improve science literacy in adults and children.
These grants are part of the $5 billion in funding from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act that President Obama announced on Wednesday, Sept. 30,
2009 on the NIH campus. The Recovery Act funds provide an opportunity to fuel
the growing interest in mathematics and science and apply rigorous scientific
methods to educational research to develop practical interventions for tomorrow's
"Attracting the best and brightest students in science and medical careers is critical
to developing a workforce capable of addressing the emerging and complex
challenges in biomedical research," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D.,
Ph.D. "S.T.E.M. education has the added value of advancing scientific literacy, a
high priority for our nation."
The bulk of these grants are being funded through the NIH Common Fund. This
essential research will support S.T.E.M. education in areas of greatest national
need and address issues of equity in S.T.E.M. competencies across racial, cultural
and economic barriers. The Common Fund, enacted into law by Congress through
the 2006 NIH Reform Act, supports cross-cutting, trans-NIH programs with a
particular emphasis on innovation and risk taking.
The NIH is making 22 S.T.E.M. education grants to support research in the
Efficacy of educational approaches toward promoting S.T.E.M. competencies
Teacher preparation development programs to support effective S.T.E.M. teaching
Informal science education
Innovative approaches to S.T.E.M. education
Identification of practices that overcome equity issues in S.T.E.M. learning.
The S.T.E.M. Education Grant recipients' names and institutions are listed below.
More information on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Education (S.T.E.M.) Education grants is at
The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of
exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs known collectively as the NIH
Roadmap for Medical Research. The NIH Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) Education Grants are funded through the Common Fund,
the NIH Office of the Director, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute of
General Medical Sciences, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Additional
information about the NIH Common Fund can be found at
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting policy
for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning,
managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components.
The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible for
stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information is
available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) - The Nation's Medical Research Agency
- includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and
supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the
causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.
information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov
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