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Core Centers to Reap $100M from NIH Stimulus

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Around $100 million from the economic stimulus package funds will go to build up centers for shared biomedical research resources, the National Institutes of Health said today.

These Biomedical Research Core Centers will receive grants to support shared resources for use by researchers from different disciplines that are pursuing a multidisciplinary approach to a joint research effort, or to those who are from one specialty area who are focusing on a common problem.

The funding program will give money to develop and acquire the resources necessary to conduct relevant research projects, including start-up packages for newly independent investigators.

The Core Centers will bring together investigators and resources to focus on one common research problem that is of importance to the institution and appropriate to NIH's mission. The aim is to create centers that will serve as the locus for projects.

These projects should be based on the existing strengths within the institutions applying and should complement and expand their research activities, said NIH.

NIH also is interested in receiving applications from institutions seeking to develop core centers that would further bioethics research.

The specific funding levels will vary among the participating centers, as will the duration of the awards.

More information on the funding opportunity can be found here.

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