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Funding for BSC CityLab has been provided, in large part, by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

It is a partnership that has spanned ten years, including two phases of grant funding.

Phase One

Phase Two

Paragraphs Excerpted from the NIH Website:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical and behavioral research.  Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

The NIH is composed of 27 Institutes and Centers.  One of these, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), provides funding through Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) designed to improve life science literacy throughout the nation. These grants bring together biomedical and behavioral researchers, educators, community groups, and other interested organizations in partnerships to create and disseminate programs that give K-12 students and teachers and the general public a better understanding of life sciences.


Although not directly connected with BSC CityLab, the NIH Office of Science Education has served CityLab faculty and staff as a tremendour resource.  This office coordinates science education activities at the NIH and develops and sponsors science education projects. The programs of the Office of Science Education serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers and the public.  Numerous curriculum guides, many related to Biotechnology education, are provided free to teachers who request them.


This page was updated on June 17, 2008.


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