Corporate donors sought to contribute to Intel Award Fund

Dear Potential Corporate Sponsor,

Every May, close to 1,500 students from more than 50 countries compete in the world's largest science competition for high school students–the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Three projects are selected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to receive awards for exemplary work in Addiction Science, an honor that began in 2008. The cash awards have always been supported by the Friends of NIDA Coalition. The first place winner receives $2500, the second place winner receives $1500 and the third place winner receives $1000. NIDA announces the Addiction Science winners at the Special Awards ceremony at the Fair, and they are subsequently invited to visit with NIDA senior staff at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, and annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students to showcase their independent research. The ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9-12. Each year, the winners of local and school-sponsored science fairs compete in regional and state fairs and the winners attend the Intel ISEF. The non profit organization Society for Science & the Public partners with Intel - along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors - who provide support and awards for the Intel ISEF each year. While there are medical and behavioral science awards given by various public and private agencies, this is the first series of awards given exclusively for projects that advance addiction science.

As the Friends of NIDA's financial resources become increasingly scarce, we would greatly appreciate a $5000.00 contribution from our colleagues in the field of medications development to allow us to fund the 2013 awards. In providing such a contribution, our corporate colleagues would help reinforce the creativity of our next generation of addiction scientists.