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NIH to Fund Biomedical Research Centers with $18M Next Year

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Center for Research Resources plans to commit around $18 million next year to continue support for the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, which are thematic, multi-disciplinary centers.
 
According to a National Institutes of Health request for applications released last week, NCRR will support roughly nine renewal programs with up to $1.5 million per year in direct costs over five years.
 
Support for the COBRE programs after 2009 will depend on the availability of funds and on the number of meritorious applications, NIH said.
 
Non-federal matching funds are not required for these applications, but evidence of the institution’s commitment must be described or documented.
 
The COBRE programs should ideally include between three and five individual research projects that stand alone but which also share a “common thematic scientific focus.”
 
Applications for the COBRE funding program are due October 22, 2008. More information can be found here.
 

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