Oklahoma Receives Award for Biomedical Research

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Oklahoma has been awarded a grant for $18 million over five years from the National Institute of Health for biomedical research.

The grant awarded through the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program will include scientists from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, six regional universities and four community colleges in Oklahoma.

Research will include cancer, microbiology and developmental biology.

"This funding will help our state become a hub for medical research and ensure that local students and faculty members have an opportunity to be a part of innovative research projects," said U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. and a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees NIH funding.

Matching funds for the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence grant will be considered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education on May 29. The regents will consider an annual $500,000 match.

"The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are committed to keeping research a priority in Oklahoma," said Glen D. …