February 10, 2005

The University of North Texas Health Science Center and the University of Texas at Arlington have awarded more than $68,000 in grant money to help fund their first joint research program.

The program is to provide seed money for researchers, according to Glenn Dillon, PhD, associate vice president of research and biotechnology.

â??This seed money should enhance more collaborative research projects that could lead to major federal funding and provide innovative approaches for treating major diseases,â? Dr. Dillon said.

The idea for the joint institutional seed research program came from Bob Gracy, PhD, associate vice president of research alliance development, and Ron Elsenbaumer, vice president of research at the University of Texas at Arlington. The idea was to encourage collaboration across institutions and to help researchers prepare applications for federal grants.

Initially, the amount of funding for the program was set at $50,000, but the final tally resulted in a budget of $68,885.

â??Funding for the program was originally set at $50,000, but because of the originality and quality of the applications, additional funds were committed to the joint program,â? Dr. Dillon said.

Fifteen proposals were reviewed by a joint review panel from both institutions, comprised of faculty members who were not involved in any of the submitted proposals. Members were appointed by Elsenbaumer at Arlington and Dr. Dillon at the health science center. Proposals were scored based on a set of pre-determined values.

Five proposals were funded from the 15 proposals that were submitted.

The award period for the grants is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2005. During the grant period, if a joint federal grant proposal is submitted relating to the funded project or as an outcome of the project, a bonus will be provided to the grant recipients.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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