HHMI has invited biomedical research institutions across the nation to compete for almost $12 million in community outreach grants.

Biomedical research institutions have an important role to play in helping their neighbors understand and appreciate science. To encourage medical schools and research centers to find innovative ways to bring science to their communities, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has invited nearly 300 institutions nationwide to compete for almost $12 million in new grants to do science-education outreach. For the first time, schools of dentistry, public health and veterinary medicine are included.

Four-year grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded in 2003. HHMI is encouraging applicants to involve graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in their proposed programs, to foster concern and commitment to community science education among the next generation of research scientists.

Two previous rounds of grants to biomedical research institutions totaled $23 million. The programs supported have reached more than 350,000 school children and nearly 16,000 teachers.

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