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NIH awards more than $33 million to fund state-of-the-art research equipment
Date:7/16/2008

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it will provide $33.3 million for 20 High-End Instrumentation (HEI) grants to fund the latest generation of advanced research equipment. Awarded to research institutions nationwide, these one-time grants, which support the purchase of sophisticated research equipment costing more than $750,000, offer extraordinary potential to impact a wide variety of biomedical research in many disease areas.

"Innovative biomedical research requires frequent access to the newest and most advanced technology," said NCRR Director Barbara Alving, M.D. "High-performance equipment provides NIH-funded researchers with new discovery tools enabling a new generation of data and a new dimension of information. Tools such as these play key roles in the study of disease and the fundamental mechanisms of biological function, ultimately leading to new advances and treatments for diseases."

High-End Instrumentation awards enable the purchase of breakthrough new technologies and one-of-a-kind research tools, opening up new avenues for biomedical research. In this round of awards, NCRR is supporting the purchase of two nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, which are designed to view 3-D protein structures and complexes. For example, the University of Wisconsin - Madison will purchase a unique integrated liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and NMR system, currently unmatched at any other academic facility in the United States. This system combines three different technologies into a single powerful analytical platform useful in metabolic profiling, biomarker discovery, and studies of natural products and molecular interactions.

In addition, two high-powered electron microscopes, such as the one to Florida State University (FSU), will be supported through these awards. With its award, FSU will purchase a top-of-the-line, robotic el
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Contact: Joyce McDonald
Info@ncrr.nih.gov
301-435-0888
NIH/National Center for Research Resources
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