May 21, 2008

Case Western Reserve University Awarded More Research Funding From Ohio's Third Frontier Commission

New Research Scholars Program invests $143 million in Case Western Reserve and other Ohio universities to attract scholars to the state

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Case Western Reserve University and its research partners at The Ohio State University, Kent State University, Ohio University, the University of Toledo and Wright State University were awarded nearly $40 million on Tuesday, May 20, by the state’s Third Frontier Commission through its new Ohio Research Scholars Program. The commission recommended 10 collaborations between the University System of Ohio schools, private universities and industry partners throughout the state for more than $143 million in grants.

The Ohio Research Scholars Program invests in the attraction of senior research talent and related facilities and equipment to Ohio, and promotes unique collaborations required to build and sustain promising fields of research. The program is jointly funded and administered by the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Board of Regents.

The research would help develop the state’s economy in the industries in which the Third Frontier has already invested, such as advanced materials, fuel cells and other forms of alternative power and energy, biomedical imaging and spinal implants. The addition of 26 new Research Scholars through the program includes a $2.5 million endowment and $300,000 in operating funds.

“We are grateful to the Third Frontier Commission for recognizing Case Western Reserve University’s excellence with awards in these areas,” said President Barbara R. Snyder. “The university itself is certainly a stellar example of what can be accomplished through partnerships. But in truth the history of all national research universities is rooted squarely in cooperative relationships – most notably, those between the state and federal government and institutions of higher learning.”

The commission announced the following awards for Case Western Reserve for the Fiscal Year 2008 Ohio Research Scholars Program:

  • Case Western Reserve and Kent State University were recommended for nearly $14.4 million in funding for a proposal to establish a research cluster on the science of soft matter interfaces. The effort will be organized by the Liquid Crystal Institute at KSU and the physics and macromolecular science and engineering departments at Case Western Reserve. KSU will receive two endowed Research Scholar positions; Case Western Reserve will receive one.
  • Case Western Reserve, OSU and Wright State University were recommended for more than $24.8 million for a proposal to bring together their universities and nine industrial or health care partners to develop a network of biomedical imaging excellence in Ohio in various areas of health care-related imaging. Case Western Reserve and OSU are each to receive two endowed Research Scholar positions; WSU is to receive one. The Ohio State University Research Foundation is leading the partnership.

Case Western Reserve received a total of three endowed research scholars. No other university, other than Ohio State, which received seven, was awarded more than three.

“These projects exemplify the unbreakable link between economic development and higher education that is critical in developing not only groundbreaking research but product commercialization,” said Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Our department’s support and the Ohio Board of Regents’ support of these projects solidifies our commitment to bringing state-of-the-art talent to Ohio and also reinforces the important relationship between cutting-edge research and long-term economic development objectives.”

Posted by: Paula Baughn, May 21, 2008 02:31 PM | News Topics: Administration, Administration, Awards, Case School of Engineering, Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, General, Grants, HeadlinesMain, Healthcare, Research, School of Medicine, Science

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