Science Market Update

UAZ Receives 2 Life Science Research Awards Totaling $54M

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Representatives from the University of Arizona, Tucson announced two massive monetary awards this week for researchers in life science disciplines.

Highlighting UA Tucson's Summer achievements though was a $43 million award to support at least five years of disease research, both on the basic science and clinic sides. This record breaking grant from this NIH, the largest in Arizona's history, will likely propel UA's ranking further ahead on the 2016 NIH Life Science Funding statistics list. In 2015, UAZ received a total of $75.5 million. 

“This is huge for Arizona. Only four academic medical centers across the country were chosen,” said Elizabeth Calhoun, one of the grant’s principal investigators at the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center. “Arizona will now have the ability to partake in the next generation of science in a way that they have never had an ability to do."

University of Arizona, Tucson campus

(University of Arizona campus, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The second was a $11.4 million, five-year project grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute which will fund research into the genetics of acute lung disorders. Dr. Joe "Skip" Garcia, the senior vice president of health sciences at the University of Arizona and principal investigator of this study, received this award through the NIH's highly competitive Project Program Grant which encourages collaborative projects between peers with diverse specialties to catalyze innovative results. 

"Coming shortly after the announcement of the largest NIH grant ever awarded in the state of Arizona, this award is another reminder of the strength of the UA Health Sciences and the impact our faculty researchers, clinicians and teachers are creating in our state and around the world." ~UA President Ann Weaver Hart



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 To learn more about life science research developments and  discoveries  at the University of Arizona, see the left links  featuring recently published UA articles previously published on  Science Market Update:



The University of Arizona, Tucson is ranked in the top 50 U.S. institutions for total R&D expenditures, with over $275 million in the 2014 fiscal year. This multi-million dollar research university continuously produces cutting edge studies and research projects. 

Top funded departments at the university receiving substantial amounts of this NIH funding include (as of July 2016):

  1. Internal Medicine and Medicine - $12.1 million
  2. Anatomy and Cell Biology - $6.1 million
  3. Pharmacology - $6.0 million
  4. Physiology - $6.0 million

With so much funding supporting a wide variety of life science research projects, the University of Arizona is a thriving marketplace for laboratory suppliers to discuss their products with active scientists. Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. produces an annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event in Tucson that does just that: provides lab suppliers with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with 100+ academic researchers in one place in only a few hours time. 

The 14th Annual BioResearch Product Faire ™ Event at the University of Arizona, Tucson will be held on November 3, 2016. To learn more about participating in this event, visit the link below: 

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