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MUSC awarded almost $29M in stimulus funds

MUSC successfully competed for and has been awarded $28.7 million in economic stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Studies or programs funded by ARRA run the proverbial gamut, from basic science work at the cellular level, to student training and faculty recruitment, to human clinical trials to improve patient therapies.   MUSC associate provost for research, Stephen Lanier, Ph.D., described the overall achievement as having significant impact on the community through new and retained jobs, better health care knowledge and applied health care technologies. MUSC has received the largest number of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-ARRA grants of any institution in South Carolina.
“We not only had a responsibility to compete for these funds, but we also have a responsibility to society to deliver on what we’ve proposed. We took the process and its resulting responsibility to the taxpayers, the university and our state very seriously,” Lanier said.
NIH received $10.1 billion earlier this year as part of ARRA. A number of different funding opportunities were developed for this investment in science and technology as part of the larger economic stimulus program, including supplements to currently funded programs; targeted funding of high priority and high impact areas; instrumentation; faculty recruitment; research infrastructure; and payment of previously reviewed meritorious grant proposals that they were not able to previously fund. 
MUSC competed in each category, submitting more than 300 applications and seeking approximately $114 million. MUSC continues to wait for possible  notification of award status for $38 million for research infrastructure and $6.5 million for shared research instrumentation.
“Faculty members throughout the  Medical University community worked very hard to bring in these badly needed resources. At a time of declining state appropriations, these funds are especially needed,” said Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC president.
MUSC researchers worked from April until July on applications, often keeping research offices open on the weekends to successfully compete with the more than 20,000 applications submitted to NIH. The massive internal undertaking speaks to the synergy of the research community at MUSC.
For a list of all NIH-ARRA awards visit

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

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