October 09, 2009

Federal Stimulus Funding Flows to Case Western Reserve University's Research

109 Awards Granted So Far Worth About $49 Million

Case Western Reserve University, as of Friday, Oct. 9, has received 109 federal stimulus awards worth about $49 million for research addressing a wide array of public needs and aiming to enhance economic development and job creation in Northeast Ohio.

As the federal government neared the start of its new fiscal year Oct. 1, Case Western Reserve had been certified for nearly 100 awards and has added several more in early October. More awards are likely on the way soon. In just seven months, the university has submitted nearly 700 stimulus funding proposals.

"More federal money means more research results that can be commercialized, creating businesses and jobs in Northeast Ohio," said Mark Coticchia, Case Western Reserve University's vice president for research and technology management, "but you may not see those research results for several years."

The university, among the leading academic institutions in Ohio for stimulus-backed endeavors, is successfully tapping large pools of stimulus funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the ARRA. Funding has come mostly from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

The NIH has granted 80 of the awards, the NSF made 28 awards and the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made one.

The bulk of Case Western Reserve's ARRA proposals and awards involve the university's School of Medicine, where research efforts cover cancer and other vital health areas such as proteomics (the study of proteins), cardiology, pathology, metabolism and obesity. The School of Medicine has received 74 awards.

The Case School of Engineering has received 16 stimulus-funded awards and the College of Arts and Sciences has received 15. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has gotten two awards, while the School of Dental Medicine and the Weatherhead School of Management have gotten one each.

The Recovery Act is new territory this year for everyone involved, and the way faculty members at Case Western Reserve have stepped up is exciting, said David Bell, vice president for government and community relations.

"The faculty at Case Western Reserve has really gone aggressively after the opportunities presented by the ARRA. The level of energy is very exciting. It is especially gratifying to see the collaboration and alliances that are being formed across disciplines in order to pursue these opportunities," Bell said.

Important websites that provide ways to track stimulus funding developments at Case Western Reserve, across Ohio and nationally are:

For more information contact Marv Kropko, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 9, 2009 11:44 AM | News Topics: Awards, Case School of Engineering, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Provost Initiatives, Research, School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, Technology Transfer, Weatherhead School of Management, news

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