Summer research grants for underrepresented groups in neuroscience

SOMAS-URM (Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences from Underrepresented Minority Groups) is a summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within five years of having completed PhD and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences who seek to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators.  The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions are eligible for awards of up to $8,000. Selections are made based on the justifications for and the quality of the proposed research experience for the undergraduate. Applications are especially encouraged from faculty from underrepresented minority groups (URM), faculty from institutions serving women and/or minority groups, and faculty who have identified URM students as research collaborators. Special consideration is given to faculty members with little experience in grant writing and who are just beginning their research programs.

Application deadline is December 1, 2011. For more information, visit the SOMAS website.