SOM faculty attract nearly $350 million in NIH and ARRA funding

Please review the letter from Drs. Bill Roper and Etta Pisano.

Dear colleagues,

A number of School of Medicine faculty members submitted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 grant proposals earlier this year. While we are still waiting to hear about many proposals, I’m happy to inform you that, through Aug. 21, School of Medicine faculty members have received 56 ARRA awards worth more than $11.8 million.

This additional funding for School of Medicine faculty allows us to investigate diseases and treatments that will benefit the people of North Carolina and beyond. I will provide further updates on our ARRA funding totals on a monthly basis.

During the 2009 fiscal year, the School of Medicine received more than $349 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including ARRA funds received through June 30. The $349.6 million in funding earned by School of Medicine researchers accounts for almost half of the $716 million in research dollars awarded to the University as a whole.

During a year of budget reductions and fiscal uncertainty, ARRA grant money and NIH grants help enhance the School of Medicine’s status and ability to be a leader in research.

Thanks to our faculty and staff for your continued excellence.

Sincerely,

Bill Roper, M.D., M.P.H.
Dean, UNC School of Medicine
CEO, UNC Health Care System

Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering
PI, NC TraCS Institute

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