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TU faculty successfully compete for NIH funding

Towson, Md. (May 5, 2010): This week’s Alive Line announces the upcoming deadline for the National Institutes of Health's AREA grants. For those of you who did not know, two members of the Department of Biological Sciences faculty, assistant professors Michelle Snyder and Jack Shepard, both received AREA grants. This is a great honor for TU, when one considers its developing relationship with the NIH. To date, TU has received eight awards from the agency, three of which are NIH AREA grants. 
AREA grants provide an excellent research opportunity for TU faculty since they are designed to strengthen the research environment at educational institutions serving primarily undergraduate and graduate students. Don’t be mistaken though: AREA grants seek to fund research, not training, programs.

  • Shepard’s project, “Neural Mechanisms During Heightened Fear,” investigates brain mechanisms associated with fear with the goal of discovering better treatment and prevention of anxiety disorders. This is a three-year project awarded for $181,614.
  • Snyder’s project, “Microbial Pattern Recognition by the Social Amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum – Model for Innate Immune Mechanisms,” aims to develop new therapeutics for infectious and autoimmune diseases. This is a three-year project awarded for $194,464.

If you are thinking about applying for an AREA grant, our best advice is to contact the program officer listed in the funding opportunity announcement before getting started. As always, begin writing early and allow colleagues to review your proposals. The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research is always available to assist with budget planning, editing and preparation of the grant’s administrative requirement.

 

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Phone: 410-704-2236
Fax: 410-704-4494
E-mail: ospr@towson.edu

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