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URI receives $18 million grant to strengthen biomedical research capacity in Rhode Island
Date:5/20/2009

the state moves toward a knowledge based economy that will leverage this great higher education research, our highly qualified Rhode Island health delivery institutions, and new information and biological technologies emanating from multiple colleges at URI and our partner institutions. The new grant ensures that the underlying workforce and intellectual development needed in these areas will continue, and it positions our College of Pharmacy to play a key role in advancing the state's agenda."

The $42 million that URI has received since 2001 has come through the federal IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program, which is tasked with building biomedical research capacity in states that have historically received low funding for research from NIH. Rhode Island is one of 23 states and Puerto Rico that qualify to compete for this funding.

The earlier grants supported 45 faculty research projects at network institutions. Research support during the past five years has so far led to the awarding of nearly $15 million in additional grants from NIH, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the American Cancer Society, among others. The Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council also awarded $3 million in collaborative grants in which 18 network faculty members participated.

In addition, the earlier grants funded the renovation and expansion of research laboratories and student training facilities throughout the state; provided video conferencing capabilities at network institutions to aid in collaborative research and interactive participation in seminars and workshops; and during the past five years provided partial support for the training of 10 postdoctoral fellows, 45 graduate students and more than 300 undergraduate students in the state. The new grant will allow these training activities to continue and expand the state's biomedical and biotechnological workfor
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Contact: Todd McLeish
tmcleish@uri.edu
401-874-7892
University of Rhode Island
Source:Eurekalert

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