UNC wins eight top NIH 'Roadmap' grants, more than any other university in the country

CHAPEL HILL University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill health scientists have garnered more grants eight from the National Institutes of Health's highly competitive Roadmap program than any other university in the nation. They also have secured funding for a center to combat cancer through the latest in basic science technology. In 2004 the inaugural year of the NIH Roadmap grant program six grants were awarded to Carolina researchers.

Most of the new grants are part of the agency's "Roadmap for Medical Research," a series of initiatives designed to transform the nation's medical research capabilities and speed the movement of research discoveries from the bench to the bedside. The program provides a framework for NIH funding priorities and represents an attempt to make the country's medical research system more efficient and productive.

UNC will receive $11.6 million under the program and another $3.9 million to fund the first year of the newly established Carolina Center of Nanotechnology Excellence. That center will marry the University's expertise in nanotechnology with patient-oriented research taking place at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center .

The National Cancer Institute will fund the nanotechnology center, and the NIH director's office will fund the rest to pay for much cutting-edge research and professional training at UNC.

"One of Carolina's great strengths is its commitment to interdisciplinary research focused on real-world problems," said Dr. Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and economic development at UNC. "That commitment and the excellence of our faculty put us in a great position to compete for these awards."

The wide variety of topics represented in the awards exemplifies the breadth and diversity of the university's faculty and programs, Waldrop said.

The next-most successful institutions in securing such support were Vanderbilt and Columbia universities, both with six, and

Contact: David Williamson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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