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Facilities Are Big Magnets for Funding as NIH Awards $25M for Microarray Research

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Fathead minnows and gene expression in cancer; iridium oxide and data analysis; shared facilities and neurons in the brain: These are a few of NIH’s favorite microarray things.

The National Institutes of Health awarded $25 million in grants in FY 2002 for research involving microarrays, according to an analysis conducted by BioArray News (see chart).

The funding, through Dec. 18, 2002 and listed on the NIH website http://Grants1.Nih.Gov/Grants/Award/State/State02.Htm, encompassed more than 80 grants and ranged from $1.2 million for a Duke University neurosciences microarray center to two grants totaling $77,020 to researcher Liquan Huang for molecular typing of taste cells using microarrays.

The 2002 figures for microarray-related research support reflect large sums of funding going to the establishment of microarray facilities, creating nodes of resources that will provide access to this technology and services for larger pools of researchers. The NIH made 14 facilities grants for $9.8 million, an average of $800,000 for each center. Duke got $1.8 million for a neurosciences center, and a functional microarray center; UCLA also received $1.8 million to establish an NIMH and an NHLBI facility. NIH funding established microarray facilities in Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston; Charleston, SC; Iowa City, Iowa; San Francisco; New Haven, Conn.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and Washington DC (Children’s Research Institute).

Much of the funding in 2002 went to California, which took had 21 grants $7.7 million, more than double New York’s $2.4 million.

Following New York, in order of funding, were: North Carolina ($2.2 million), Massachusetts ($2.1 million); Pennsylvania, and Texas ($1.3 million).

Corporations collected some $2.9 million, led by Ambion of Austin, Texas, with $1,024,568.

— MOK

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