Applicants Sought for NIH Director's Council of Public Representatives

The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applicants to fill appointments to the Director's Council of Public Representatives (COPR). Applications are due October 31, 2005 and are available online at New members will be appointed in April 2006.

The COPR advises the NIH Director oncross-cutting issues related to medical research and health issues of public interest that ultimately promote individual, family, and community health. Examples of such broad issues that the Council has been involved with include public trust in the research enterprise, public input and participation at the NIH, enhancing public awareness and education about the NIH, clinical trials recruitment issues, and aspects of the NIH Roadmap, such as reengineering the clinical research enterprise.

The COPR consists of up to 21 individuals who are selected fromamong the diverse communities that benefit from, and have an interest in, NIH research, programs, and activities. Members typically serve on the COPR for three years. To be considered for the COPR, applicants must have some interest in the work of the NIH and must be in a position to communicate regularly with the broader public about COPR and NIH activities. Applicants must also be willing to fully participate in biannual COPR meetings, regular conference calls, and working group activities throughout the year.

For more information or to obtain an application online, visit the COPR Web site at

To request an application by mail, contact the COPR Resource Staff by phone at (301) 650-8660, Ext. 129, by fax at (301) 650-8676, or by e-mail at

Last Edited: 12/22/05 05:44 PM by Evette Mezger