The Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking nominations to fill vacant appointments to the 2011 Council of Public Representatives (COPR) roster.  The COPR consists of up to 21 individuals with diverse backgrounds from local, regional, and national levels, with a range of professions and experiences, including community leaders, patient advocates, health educators, media, medical and public health professionals, science administrators, and academicians who have a broad public perspective.  Every year NIH selects new COPR members who serve an average of four-year terms.

To be considered for the COPR, candidates should have a strong interest in and some familiarity with the NIH as a leading federal resource for research funding and training, clinical studies, and health information and must be in a position to communicate regularly with the broader public about COPR and NIH activities.  Applications are due Friday, July 29, 2011, and are available online at