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AUSTIN – Statement from CPRIT CEO Wayne Roberts:
On this day ten years ago, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas became a reality. The citizens of Texas voted overwhelmingly to support Proposition 15, the constitutional amendment authorizing the establishment an agency dedicated to funding innovative cancer research, prevention programs and speed the development of new products through public-private agreements.
AUSTIN — The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 60 new academic research, prevention, and product development research grants totaling more than $102 million towards advancing the fight against cancer.
Fifty-one of the awards, totaling more than $79 million, went to academic research grants, with 14 for recruiting outstanding cancer researchers to Texas. Eight prevention services grants were awarded totaling $14 million as well as one product development research grant for $9 million.
On June 9th Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 81, extending CPRIT’s Sunset Review date by two years from 2021 to 2023.
SB 81’s Sunset extension allows CPRIT to utilize fully the $3 billion authorized by the citizens of Texas for this historical undertaking. In addition, the bill provides CPRIT with the additional tools to manage the state’s investments more efficiently and with continued operational transparency. The votes for SB 81 in both chambers of the legislature are extremely encouraging and demonstrated strong CPRIT support—no significant vote came in less than a two-to-one margin.
AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded more than $25 million in new grants advancing the fight against cancer. All 10 grants were made through the CPRIT Scholars program.
One of CPRIT’s goals is to bolster cancer research by providing financial support to attract world-class research scientists to Texas universities and cancer research institutes through CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants. Today CPRIT approved more than $25 million for eight First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member grants, one Established Investigators grant, and one Rising Stars grant.
AUSTIN – February is National Cancer Prevention month, and nine of the projects awarded today will help Texans prevent and reduce their risk of cancer. These projects will provide education and screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, the hepatitis virus, as well as vaccinations for HPV and support for cancer survivors. To date, CPRIT’s 172 prevention programs have delivered over three million services all across Texas. The CPRIT Scholars recruitment grants, totaling $22 million, include three to recruit established cancer scientists and two to bring first-time, tenure-track faculty members to academic institutions in Texas. CPRIT has awarded 1,123 grants totaling more than $1.78 billion. The agency began making awards in 2009 after Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a 2007 constitutional amendment committing $3 billion to the fight against cancer.
AUSTIN – The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today awarded 48 new grants totaling more than $93 million towards advancing the fight against cancer. Forty-six grants were made through CPRIT’s academic research program, and two grants were made through CPRIT’s product development research program.
“The awards announced today reflect CPRIT’s effort to grow the cancer-fighting ecosystem at our institutions of higher education and the Texas-based life sciences industry,” said Wayne Roberts, CPRIT chief executive officer, “We continue to maintain our momentum in attracting the world’s best minds in cancer research to Texas.”