Eleven universities and medical research institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware were awarded more than $100 million in federal grants to build or renovate laboratories, the National Institutes of Health announced Friday.
The grants were part of more than 146 awards made nationwide for construction or renovations of scientific facilities. The grants, worth more than $1 billion, were part of the 2009 federal stimulus bill – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The University of Pennsylvania was awarded nearly $13 million to build its Center for Chronobiology where scientists and doctors will explore biological rhythms and develop medical applications. Temple University will get nearly $12 million to build a facility for research into brain trauma and neurodegenerative diseases.
Other local institutions getting awards included Fox Chase Cancer Center ($8 million), Thomas Jefferson University ($6.7 million), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ($2 million), and Drexel University ($500,000).