The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience wants bids from PR firms about how it can generate greater awareness of its mission and achievements.

It also is looking to bolster attendance at its events and educate potential donors about its work and the importance of STEM education and biomedical research.

The Jupiter-based facility is one of 86 institutes that are part of Germany’s Max Planck Society. It is the only one in North America.

Max Planck Florida has eight groups that conduct neuroscience research from the molecular level all the way to neural networks, according to the RFP.

Researchers are exploring how damage to mitochondrial cells can affect brain functions; how the brain encodes experiences that shape memory and eating behaviors; how neural networks engage in visual processing; and how genetic alterations underlie conditions like autism or schizophrenia.

The Institute runs education programs from the high school to postdoctoral levels to give aspiring scientists opportunities to work on cutting-edge research projects.

It plans to offer a one-year contract with the option to renew for another year.

Proposals are due Oct. 14. They go to [email protected].

Read the RFP (PDF).