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Reception Honors Faculty and Staff Who Helped School of Medicine Secure More Than $60 Million in Stimulus Grant Funding

Thursday, June 24, 2010

 Dean Reece with Paul Shapiro, associate dean for research and graduate education at the School of Pharmacy.

The School of Medicine will be receiving more than $60 million in stimulus grants over the next two years through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A reception was held June 23, 2010 to acknowledge those faculty and staff members who have been awarded these grants. “This is a very big deal,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, who proudly introduced the winners of the largest awards at the School of Medicine Council meeting preceding the reception. Research funding at the School of Medicine is up 8% so far this year, in large part because of this stimulus funding.

When ARRA was passed in February 2009, “this school mobilized, and it mobilized in a big way,” said Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, executive vice dean at the School of Medicine. Hundreds of grant requests were submitted, from many different areas within the School of Medicine. Successful partnerships were also formed with other UMB schools, such as Nursing and Pharmacy, to submit joint requests to fund research and new faculty positions.

Some of the awards highlighted included:

  • • Four challenge grants (grants to support research on topic areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research) totaling $3.8M;
  • • Five grand opportunity (GO) grants (grants to support projects that address large, specific biomedical and bio-behavioral research endeavors) totaling $8.2M;
  • • One supplement for $1.5M to the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer’s P30 NCI Center Grant, to recruit a young investigator in cancer and stem cell research;
  • • A construction grant for $5M to renovate the 8th floor of the Bressler Research Building for the Cancer Center and others;
  • • A construction grant for $7.3M to renovate the 6th & 7th floors of the Bressler Research Building for a Technology Resource Center (to consolidate and upgrade some of our core facilities);
  • • An instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation for $1.9M to support “MRI-R2: Acquisition of Data Intensive Academic Grid (DIAG)-A Computational Platform for Bioinformatics Analyses and Training”;
  • • Two high-end instrument grants totaling $10.8M, including $8 million for the purchase and installation of a 950 MHz NMR Spectrometer with Cryogenic Probe, one of only two available in the country and the only one to be housed at an academic institution.

For more information on continuing ARRA grant funding opportunities, visit the Office of Research website.

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 The grant recipients pose for a photo at the reception.

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