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Help Your Fellow Scientists: Appeal from Ciencia Puerto Rico


PLOSBLOGS is reposting the following appeal from Ciencia Puerto Rico  to support Puerto Rican scientists and medical practitioners in their efforts to aid their people and preserve their ongoing work. (CienciaPR) is a nonprofit organization composed of scientists, professionals, students and citizens committed to the advancement of science in Puerto Rico and with promoting science communication, science education, and scientific careers.

Dear CienciaPR community,
We are all heartbroken at the situation in Puerto Rico, where 70% of our members reside.
We know there is a lot of need, but there is also a lot of desire and many ways to help.
If you are outside of Puerto Rico, below you will find a registry to provide assistance to scientists and students impacted by the hurricane; vetted ways of donating and contributing; opportunities for medical and technical volunteers; NIH and NSF disaster guidelines; and other ideas of how you can help with the recovery.
If you have additional ideas or resources, you can send them to us at and we’ll update the information on our page and on future newsletters.  For our people in Puerto Rico, please know that we are thinking of you and that we will be here to help in any way possible.
Stay strong Puerto Rico!
Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, PhD
CienciaPR Executive Director
We will be collecting offers and requests for assistance through the survey:
As communications are re-established, we will coordinate with institutions in Puerto Rico to help them navigate and connect with the offers. Researchers in Puerto Rico can also use our Facebook page to submit their aid requests. We are also collaborating with the American Society for Cell Biology to promote its archive of laboratory offerings. If you work in cell biology or any other related discipline, you can click here to provide your information with ASCB. We appreciate the generosity of the CienciaPR community!

 Funds & Donations

In these moments of so much uncertainty and confusion, it is important to centralize the information to be more effective and efficient. That is why we have joined the efforts of our friends of CenadoresPR to help disseminate reliable information.
Here we share a website that collects up-to-date information on trusted organizations that are receiving donations of funds or materials, events around the US in support of Puerto Rico, and resources to find family members and keep you informed. Please help with what you can and share the link with your contacts.



Calling All Coders
If you have coding, programming, or technical skills,Startups of Puerto Rico has opened a registry to connect with organizations or agencies with pressing needs in Puerto Rico.This “inventory” of talent will be connected with opportunities to help develop support services or create and innovate new solutions.



FEMA Surge Capacity Force

Federal employees have the opportunity to obtain special permits to assist in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico through the FEMA Surge Capacity Force. Specifically, FEMA is looking for expertise in logistics, IT, communications, environmental and historical preservation, finance, procurement, insurance, infrastructure (including engineers), etc.


Doctors Brigades 

A group of health organizations are helping to organize brigades of doctors and other health experts.
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Hispanics, has teamed up with Project HOPE, an organization that specializes in bringing medicines and health experts to areas impacted by disasters. Specifically, it is expected that they will be looking for internists, infectious disease experts, family physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals.

NIH & NSF Guide We have contacted NIH and NSF program directors to inquire about assistance and deadline extensions for researchers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands impacted by Hurricane Maria. Agencies are updating their natural disaster guidelines, but in the meantime, they advise researchers to review the following policies:



They also recommend that investigators contact their program officers at the NIH and NSF as soon as they have an idea of the damage so that they can assist and advise them.


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