UMDNJ researchers receive $21 million in federal funding

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 18:04

UMDNJ_opt87 projects benefit from the U.S. government's stimulus package

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has received more than $21 million through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the school's officials announced Tuesday.

A total of 87 research projects at UMDNJ are being funded with the aid. Additional research projects will be considered for funding in the current fiscal year.

"These grants are a great endorsement of the work that is done at UMDNJ," said Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., UMDNJ president. "The research and discovery that occur here are important reasons why UMDNJ means a healthy New Jersey."

"We are very excited about the level of ARRA funding that UMDNJ has received to date," said Kathleen Scotto, UMDNJ vice president of research. "It reflects our strong commitment to outstanding research and education and to the discovery, development and delivery of the best health care to the people of New Jersey and beyond. Our accomplishments are a true team effort and we are grateful for the support of our research and health care partners as well as members of Congress from New Jersey who helped to craft and enact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, allocated funds for a variety of health-related initiatives, including health and science research, education and funds to repair or improve existing research facilities.

The awards went to five UMDNJ schools and were administered through several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Among the projects receiving funding: