The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded $61.5 million in 26 new research grants. To date, CPRIT has awarded 1,059 grants worth more than $1.64 billion.
Twelve of the new grants were provided through CPRIT’s academic research program, five were CPRIT scholar recruitment grants, and 14 grants were given through CPRIT’s prevention program.
CPRIT was launched in 2009 after Texas voters approved a 2007 constitutional amendment proposing a commitment of $3 billion to fight cancer. All CPRIT-funded research is conducted in the state of Texas by scientists at state institutions that reflect CPRIT’s mission to attract and expand the state’s research capabilities and create high-quality new jobs.
“With these new awards CPRIT increases the momentum derived from our critical mass of cancer fighting energy — from labs to researchers to prevention programs — across Texas,” Wayne Roberts, CPRIT’s chief executive officer, said in a press release.
Programs funded with CPRIT’s help have reached all 254 counties in Texas; brought over 110 distinguished researchers to the state; and provided life-saving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans.
The total of $47.8 million in grants through CPRIT’s academic research program included: $27 million for five Multi-Investigator Research grants which form collaborations among researchers from several Texas institutions; five grants totaling $10 million for the recruitment of emerging cancer scientists to academic institutions; and two core facilities grants, totaling $10 million, that will be focused on enhancing Texas’ research capacity and life sciences-dedicated infrastructure.
The grants given through CPRIT’s prevention program were awarded to support some of the most vulnerable populations in Texas. Those grants totaled $13.7 million.
CPRIT prevention grants focus on evidence-based interventions that include increasing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates; reducing the incidence of liver cancer through education and screening for hepatitis; and providing access to colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening.
For a full list CPRIT research and prevention grants visit CPRIT.