FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
NCRR Information Officer
NIH Funds Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks
- Bring together institutions within a state to establish the network;
- Make institutional alterations and renovations;
- Improve laboratory equipment; and
- Assist in the recruitment of new faculty.
While each BRIN will have unique characteristics depending on a state's infrastructure needs, the ultimate purpose of a network is to build an effective research base that will eventually lead to competitive research applications from multidisciplinary research teams.
"BRIN offers a unique opportunity for institutions within each eligible state to work together to increase that state's capacity to support and conduct important biomedical research," said Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH Acting Director.
States eligible to apply for grants funded through the IDeA Program are those that received less than $70 million in NIH funding on average from 1995 to 1999 or had an NIH grant award success rate of less than 20 percent over that period. In 1998, investigators from the 23 eligible IDeA states and Puerto Rico accounted for only 8 percent of the total number of research grant applications received by NIH.
NCRR is this nation's leading Federal sponsor of resources that enable advances in many areas of biomedical research. NCRR support provides the scientific research community with access to a diverse array of biomedical research technologies, instrumentation, specialized basic and clinical research facilities, animal models (mammalian and nonmammalian), genetic stocks, and such biomaterials as cell lines, tissues, and organs.
The National Center for Research Resources is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
*Current IDeA-eligible states: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Puerto Rico also is eligible to participate in IDeA.