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ARRA Investments in Extramural Research Construction


Public Health Burden
Adequate research capacity to support the research needs of basic, translational, and clinical researchers is essential to the advancement of science and human health. NIH supports biomedical and behavioral research by supporting the costs of designing and constructing non-Federal basic and clinical research facilities for research, training, and research support at institutions.

Construction and Renovation of Research Facilities
ARRA grants are being made to public and non-profit private institutions to expand, remodel, renovate, or alter existing research facilities or construct new research facilities for biomedical and behavioral research. Awards will be made throughout the United States. ARRA funding is supporting the following:
  • Renovations at the Cardiovascular Injury and Repair Research Facility at Virginia Commonwealth University for a cardiovascular research center devoted to the discovery of novel ways to treat heart disease. A research team will develop innovative methods of effectively repairing damaged and diseased hearts. The renovation will create state-of-the-art research space and entice new faculty to join the Department of Physiology, which plans to fill four research positions.1
  • Renovation of aging laboratories and offices built in the 1960s at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The renovations will create new lab research space for students and faculty and enable the hiring of new faculty and researchers. Furthermore, the renovation includes an open-space floor plan, designed to promote sharing of equipment between researchers and increase collaborations among scientists from diverse fields.2
  • Expansion of a head and neck cancer research facility at the University of California, Los Angeles. The facility is being re-designed with ARRA funds to promote multidisciplinary research and collaborations with its school of dentistry and throughout the region. Additionally, new equipment will be purchased to conduct genomics and proteomics research on oral, head, and neck cancers with a translational research focus.3
  • Expansion of a building at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine to conduct state-of-the-art bioinformatics and computational biology and create more space so that new faculty and researchers can be hired. Since Jackson Laboratory is also a mouse breeding facility and repository for mouse cells that are used to conduct research in laboratories throughout the nation, expanding the facility and its research efforts enhances its ability to meet the needs of scientists throughout the country.4
  • Construction of a new building, the first since 1972, at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) in Maine, a non-profit biomedical research institution dedicated to basic biomedical research using marine organisms as model systems.  The new research space will promote collaborative multidisciplinary research, provide space to recruit additional investigators, and advance research training of undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and postdoctoral fellows.5
  • Construction of a unique, state-of-the-art facility with research labs, office space and animal facilities for bioengineering and biomedical research within the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences at Duke University in North Carolina. This facility will bring together a multidisciplinary team of scientists from diverse fields, including biomedical engineers, biomedical scientists and clinicians, to develop new devices and therapies to treat diseases.6
  • Construction of several new animal care facilities throughout the country that will facilitate biomedical research and training. Many of the new facilities will have separate suites specially designed for specific needs, such as behavioral research or procedures and will include advanced ventilation and cleaning facilities.7,8,9



  1. 1C06RR020555-01A1 -- Cardiovascular Injury and Repair Research Facility, Virginia Commonwealth University -- Macrina, Francis (VA)
  2. 1C06RR020603-01 -- RR-03-011, Extramural Research Facilities Construction -- Kurose, James F (MA)
  3. 1C06RR020539-01A1 -- Extramural Research Facilities Construction -- UCLA Yip C -- Park, No-Hee (CA)
  4. 1C06RR020704-01A1 -- Bioinformatics Expansion Phase III -- Woychik, Richard P (ME)
  5. 1C06RR020540-01A1 -- Extramural Research Facilities Construction Construction -- Forrest, John N (ME)
  6. 1C06RR022111-01 -- Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program -- Lange, Peter (NC)
  7. 1C06RR020559-01A1 -- PAR04-122, Satellite Animal Facility Construction Project -- Lieberman, Jeffrey A (NY)
  8. 1C06RR022050-01 -- Addition and Expansion of Laboratory Animal Research Fa -- Rozmiarek, Harry NMN (PA)
  9. 1C06RR022111-01 -- Extramural Research Facilities Improvement Program -- Lange, Peter (NC)


 
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